Just found out today that the Escape Hybrid should go up to 2 1/2 miles on battery only before the gas engine starts and charges up the batteries. The gas engine will run for 1 to 2 minutes and shut off again. If you go faster than 25 MPH, the gas engine will start and provide a portion of the propulsion for the vehicle. I'm 0.9 miles to the shopping center at 25 mph and 3 miles to the school where we pick up our grand daughter (partial 35 mph). Sounds like the perfect vehicle for what we need to do. It will replace a Mountaineer that will seat 7 but gets about 15 mpg in town. Wish we could order now!