2020 Ford Escape PHEV claims to return 100 MPGe combined


The 4th generation Ford Escape’s plug-in hybrid sibling claims to have the best-in-class EPA-estimated all-electric fuel economy rating of 100 MPGe (gasoline equivalent miles per gallon) combined (about 42.5 km/l equivalent). The Escape PHEV also boasts EPA-estimated 37 miles (50 km) of all-electric driving range.

Just to compare, Toyota estimates the new RAV4 PHEV (sold as RAV4 Prime in the US market) to return 90 MPGe or about 38 km/l equivalent.


The Ford Escape PHEV (also sold as Ford Kuga in Europe), is powered by a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine and an electric motor at the front, producing a combined output of 200 hp. Transmission is an eCVT. The ‘Intelligent AWD’ system is not offered on the PHEV model.

A 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is positioned underneath the rear seats.

As for charging, the Escape PHEV has a Level 1/Level 2 AC charging port. Using a 110-volt Level 1 charger, the estimated time to fully charge the battery is 10 to 11 hours. Using a 240-volt Level 2 charger, charge time drops to roughly 3.5 hours, Ford said.

Also read: 2020 Ford Kuga debuts with a plug-in hybrid variant

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