Urge Ford: Escape Hybrid Should Lead to Better Explorer September 23, 2004 5:03 PM
Urge Ford: Escape Hybrid Should Lead to Better Explorer
Ford has recently begun production on the first hybrid gasoline-electric SUV - the Escape Hybrid. This is a good first step, but Ford can - and must - do more to improve the fuel efficiency of its SUVs, especially the Explorer.
The Ford Explorer is the best selling SUV model in the U.S., selling more than 400,000 units per year. For as little as $600 per vehicle, the Ford Explorer could improve its average fuel economy from the EPA window sticker value of 18mpg to 23.6mpg. An additional $2,315 per Explorer would net over $4,300 in lifetime gas savings by increasing fuel economy to 30.7mpg. And every gallon of gas saved would prevent 24 pounds of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.
For a modest investment in existing technologies, Ford could make their Explorers safer and significantly more fuel efficient, preventing air pollution and global warming emissions, and saving consumers thousands of dollars. Please sign this petition to tell Ford's Chairman and CEO, William Ford, that he is on the right track with the Escape Hybrid, and that by improving the conventional Explorer; he can help make Ford the leading company providing genuine SUV choices to American drivers.
Please sign here: http://www.care2.com/go/z/17348
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