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    Purchase the FEH or wait for a plug-in?

    Hi everyone,

    I am considering purchasing a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid. However, it seems to be that there will be a plug-in option hybrid vehicle in around 3 years.

    My question is: do you think it is advantageous to buy the FEH now and have the possibility of upgrading the FEH to a plug-in economically in 4-5 years or flat out wait to purchase a plug-in vehicle when they come available?

    Thanks!

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    Now or later?

    Only you can make the decision of buying now or later. Many questions need to be asked about you and your "needs".

    I understand it as the State of California is "now" field testing a plug-in version (private vendor has created a plug in battery which can be added to the current version of the FEH) of the Ford Escape Hybrid. Who knows when or if this device will become available and at what price?

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    I'd offer that a lot depends on whether what you have now will last another 5 to 6 years. I suspect that it will be at least that long before an affordable plug-in is on the market. I wouldn't count on affordable aftermarket plug-in conversions for a long time either.
    Ecologically and economically, running a car for as long as possible saves the most energy, therefore, if you don't need a car now, you're probably better off not replacing it.
    One thing is pretty likely: Future cars will be more efficient than current ones, even if the automakers are dragging their feet on plug-in's.
    The FEH, however, is a great vehicle if you need a large interior. Don't rule out the other hybrids either. I recommend you test drive them all before deciding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyk24 View Post
    Only you can make the decision of buying now or later. Many questions need to be asked about you and your "needs".

    I understand it as the State of California and Ford is "now" field testing a plug-in version (private vendor has created a plug in battery which can be added to the current version of the FEH) of the Ford Escape Hybrid. Who knows when or if this device will become available and at what price?
    This would be Hymotion. The address:
    51 Ritin Lane
    Unit #5
    Concord Ontario
    Canada L4K 4E1
    P: 519-489-0471
    F: 519-249-0942
    Web link: http://www.hymotion.com/products.htm
    Hymotion's effort with the Escape is for the vehicle to achieve 15 miles of EV duration before the vehicle switches back to the current system of propulsion.


    The weblink for the Escape conversion pack is:
    http://www.hymotion.com/pdf/Specs_PHEV_L12.pdf

    The FAQ page weblink: http://www.hymotion.com/faq.htm

    Hymotion uses Nanophosphate™ lithium ion batteries. This type of lithium ion battery is manufactured by A123 Systems which recently acquired the Hymotion company. The weblink for A123 Systems is http://www.a123systems.com/newsite/index.php#

    The Nanophosphate lithium ion battery is what GM is using during development of their plug in vehicle(s). Weblink: http://www.a123systems.com/newsite/i...ws/news070104/

    There is a second company (hybrids-plus) working with Ford on plug-in vehicles and is based in Boulder, Colorado.
    Those of you with deep pockets and a 2006 Escape Hybrid might want to pre-order your PHEV conversion kit from this location http://hybrids-plus.com/ht/products.html
    Company wants to develop the Escape so it can achieve 50-75mpg!


    Interesting reading.

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    I forgot to add the hymotion system "piggybacks" their battery system onto the existing Escape Hybrid batteries.

    The Hybrid-plus system replaces the existing batteries with their own.

    The warranty on the batteries is problemsome at this point. However, the future looks promising.

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