Ford Escape Hybrid: First Gas-Electric-Powered SUV and Ford Replacement Parts for Its Exceptional Performance

Written by Jenny Mc Lane


The Ford Escape Hybrid is a fuel-saving, gas-electric hybrid-power version of small, four-door sport-utility vehicle, available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or four-wheel drive (4x4). Its power train has 2.3-liter, four-cylinder gas engine rated 133 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, 129 pounds-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm; synchronous AC electric motor rated 94 hp from 3,000 to 5,000 rpm; 330-volt battery pack under rear cargo floor; electronically controlled, continuously variable transmission. Maximum power output is 155 hp because gas and electric do not make their maximum power simultaneously.

It has a 2.3-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine with a 70-kilowatt permanent-magnet traction electric motor, regenerative braking and a 330-volt battery pack. The combination provides performance on par with a V-6. The hybrid never has to be plugged in becauserepparttar engine rechargesrepparttar 138717 batteries, byrepparttar 138718 electric motor and by heat recovered as energy during braking.

"The Escape hybrid really "wants" to be an electric vehicle, butrepparttar 138719 gasoline engine adds power for acceleration, chargesrepparttar 138720 batteries and powersrepparttar 138721 air conditioning," said Mary Ann Wright, Ford's director of Sustainable Mobility Programs

Unlike electric cars, hybrids never need to be plugged into a recharger. Regenerative braking rechargesrepparttar 138722 Ford Escape Hybrid, which converts electric motor into a generator to help refillrepparttar 138723 battery pack during stops; and by a recharging system powered byrepparttar 138724 gas engine.

Designed to last forrepparttar 138725 life ofrepparttar 138726 vehicle and can be found underrepparttar 138727 Escape's cargo floor,repparttar 138728 battery pack, which contains 250 small batteries roughlyrepparttar 138729 size of D cells mounted in series doesn't infringe on cargo space.

The software and computerized controllers that make everything work effectively isrepparttar 138730 key to a hybrid. Small badges identifyrepparttar 138731 Ford Escape as a hybrid. The instrument panel is a little different because it contains a gauge that shows whenrepparttar 138732 electric motor isrepparttar 138733 source of power and whenrepparttar 138734 gasoline engine is running. An optional LCD display inrepparttar 138735 center stack gives instant and average fuel economy as well as a pictorial representation of howrepparttar 138736 power is flowing at any instant.

Nissan Sport Concept Debuts as Parts train Prepares Its Performance Parts

Written by Jenny Mc Lane


"The story behindrepparttar development ofrepparttar 138716 Sport Concept, AZEAL and Actic is that Nissan is thinking big aboutrepparttar 138717 small car segment," said Jack Collins, vice president, product planning, Nissan North America, Inc. "With these three design explorations, we're focusing on how we can bring Nissan's heritage of innovation, sportiness and driving pleasure to a category of vehicles that traditionally lack design excitement and strong visual appeal." "The Nissan Sport Concept may be small dimensionally but it is large in its dynamic energy - aggressive, highly functional and definitely street-wise," added Collins. Sport Concept is a three-door hatchback with a four-seat interior. It offersrepparttar 138718 look and feel of a sports tuner car, yet is conceived as an affordable, attainable vehicle for buyers enteringrepparttar 138719 new car market forrepparttar 138720 first time. The body construction ofrepparttar 138721 Nissan Sport Concept utilizes both metal and carbon-fiber composite components. The 20-inch six-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels feature a machined and lustrous paint-finish surface treatment. The Sport Conceptís headlights and rear combination lights utilize small lamps with multi-layered reflectors. A large rear roof-mounted spoiler, while its bold surface composition, robust fender character lines, deep front spoiler and side sills, and large wheels and tyres, marks its athletic roofline. The interior ofrepparttar 138722 Sport Concept is designed to fit four adults comfortably and has head restraints and integrated 4-point seat belts. The instrument panel includes integrated tachometer and gauges and a distinctive centre cluster. The Sport Concept interior also offers a three-spoke steering wheel and solid-appearance centre console withrepparttar 138723 emergency brake lever integrated intorepparttar 138724 console lid.

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