The electrification of modern vehicles continues to drive forward – in the past few years, the number of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) offerings have increased due to consumer demand and forward-thinking by manufacturers.
And no wonder; hybrids and PHEVs offer so many short- and long-term benefits for drivers: they save on fuel – which also saves your time wasted at the pumps – and, with the electric motor (or motors), they even add more zest on acceleration.
Potential to go electric on short commutes
The advanced technology of plug-in hybrids enables you to travel a portion of your commute using zero gasoline. Instead, you’ll draw propulsion from the battery, which saves you fuel.
The 2022 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is built to give you an all-electric powered range option, and if it’s plugged in each night and fully charged in the morning, it can really space out your gas station visits. In fact, many people would spend their days driving purely electric, even with the work commute, grocery shopping and the kids’ hockey practice.
Better fuel economy
2022 has seen a record increase in fuel prices where we’ve eclipsed the $2.00 per litre mark. While they won’t bring down fuel prices, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles – with better overall fuel economies than comparable gas-powered vehicles – help you to go further on a single tank of fuel.
The 2022 Ford Escape 2.5L Full Hybrid FWD, for example, gets a combined 5.8 L/100km*, while the AWD version gets 5.9 L/100km** combined. And for even better economy, the 2022 Ford Escape 2.5L Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) gets 2.2Le/100km with its battery drive, and 5.8 L/100km combined with the gasoline engine.**
Especially on longer trips, Ford hybrid vehicles will let you pass by the gas pumps for longer journeys between fillups. The 2022 Ford Escape 2.5L Full Hybrid FWD, for example, has an available estimated range of 933 km per tank. ** The AWD version will go 917 km per tank. The 2022 Ford Escape 2.5L Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) FWD will get you to an estimated rangeof 783 km.***
Easy, fast charging with a PHEV
Because a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) has a smaller battery than fully electric battery electric vehicles (BEVs), you’ll be able to charge your vehicle fast, either conveniently from home or with public charging. If you’re not ready or able to go fully electric, but you want your vehicle to have some type of electrification, a plug-in hybrid blends the best of both.
The charging time for the 2022 Ford Escape 2.5L Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) is approxmately 10.4 hours◊ on a household 120V outlet, meaning you can start charging it in the evening and, by morning, the battery will be fully charged. That also means you don’t need to purchase a Level 2 home charger if you don’t want to.
But if you want even faster charging times, a 240V, 15A Level 2 charger will take approximately 4.6 hours for a full charge, while a 240V, 20A charger will top it up in just 3.5 hours†!
After you’ve used your electric range, the gasoline engine will move you the rest of the way.
Overall, hybrid vehicles will give better fuel economy and range for those looking to save money in these times of exorbitant fuel prices. And plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) give the added bonus of giving drivers the benefit of electric only driving without sacrificing the convenience of range and ease of travel. Either way, a Ford hybrid electric vehicle will save you money in the long run.
^ Article: Choosing the right vehicle. Retrieved from Natural Resources Canada website: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy-efficiency/transportation-alternative-fuels/personal-vehicles/choosing-right-vehicle/20998
◊ With a wall output of 120 volts and 15 amps, Level 1 Charge. Charge time based on manufacturer tests. The charging rate decreases as battery reaches full capacity. Your results may vary based on peak charging times, battery state of charge, lithium-ion battery age, and state of health.
†With a wall output of 240 volts and 20 amps, Level 2 Charge. Charge time based on manufacturer tests. The charging rate decreases as battery reaches full capacity. Your results may vary based on peak charging times, battery state of charge, lithium-ion battery age, and state of health.
** 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid. 2.5L Hybrid FWD/CVT. Actual fuel-consumption and range will vary. Range is calculated using 54.1-litre tank (excludes reserve) and estimated fuel consumption rating of 5.8 combined L/100km, based on Government of Canada approved test methods.
‡ 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid. 2.5L Hybrid FWD/CVT has an available estimated range of 933 km per tank. Actual fuel-consumption and range will vary. Range is calculated using 54.1-litre tank (excludes reserve) and estimated fuel consumption rating of 5.8 combined L/100km, based on Government of Canada approved test methods.