The particular vehicle was a silver 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid, which rolled off the production line today at the company’s Kansas City assembly plant. The first-generation model rolled off the line back in 2004 and was later joined by its Mercury Mariner Hybrid sibling, which is built at the same plant. Incidentally, the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner are the world’s most fuel-efficient hybrid SUVs with a fuel economy rating of 34mpg (6.9L/100km) in the city.
While some may scoff at Ford’s latest announcement, this is only the beginning of the Blue Oval’s electric revolution. Ford will be doubling production of hybrid vehicles this year with the introduction of the new 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids, and the company has reaffirmed plans to bring pure battery-electric vehicles, next-generation hybrids and a plug-in hybrid to market by 2012.
Ford confirmed it will introduce in North America an all-electric Transit Connect commercial van in 2010, an all-electric passenger car in 2011, and next-generation hybrids as well as anew plug-in hybrid by 2012.