Ford Escape Hybrid E85 Car will Run with up to 85%
Ethanol Gas Mixture - Auto Shows
February 8th 2006
Ford Escape E85
Ford has been
doing a lot of advertising for their hybrid Escape lately, but did
you know they are also developing an ethanol version? Ford unveiled
their Ford Escape Hybrid E85 at the Washington Auto Show. This
vehicle is being touted as the first hybrid car capable of operating
on blends of fuel containing as much as 85 percent ethanol. That is
why they call it the E85. The E85 means it will run on the 85%
ethanol blend fuel.
Ethanol is a
renewable fuel resource that can be produced from American-grown
corn or sugar beets. According to the Guage Magazine website
“ethanol use releases no fossil-based CO 2, so its use as a fuel in
place of gasoline reduces the release of greenhouse gases”.
The new vehicle
may have two benefits: A reduction in U.S. dependence on imported
oil and it will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Anne
Stevens, executive vice president, Ford Motor Company, and chief
operating officer, The Americas said “As a leader in both hybrid
vehicles and in vehicles capable of operating on ethanol-based
fuels, Ford is the ideal company to bring both technologies together
for the first time”, Guage reports.
Magic Johnson was on had to promote the new version Wednesday at the
Chicago Auto Show. The Detroit News reports that Ford claims that
if only 5% of the U.S. vehicles ran on ethanol, we would be able to
save 140 million barrels of oil per year.
According to the
Detroit News, Ford has plans for other E85 vehicles including the
F-150 pickup. Other regular gas hybrids are available today, and as
we have mentioned in previous articles: There is a 2006 tax credit
available for a limited number of vehicles.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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