Ford unveils new Escape; EV and hydrogen action

November 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ford has revealed the new Escape SUV in Los Angeles today – one and the same as the next-gen Kuga we’ll get in Europe next spring. Engines on offer are the turbocharged 1.6 and 2.0-litre Ecoboost engines, plus diesels as in the Focus, and even three-cylinder engines may follow; US buyers will get the option of a normally-aspirated 2.5, however. Eco-tweaks include auto-closing grille slats to improve aerodynamics. Ford’s promising class-leading economy. More LA Auto Show news to follow…

  • In other news today: Mercedes-Benz will start taking orders for the SLS AMG E-Cell next year, reports Autoblog Green.
  • The Autovision Museum, near Hockenheim, has recreated a vehicle it claims to be “the world’s earliest EV”, the 1880, 8mph Starley Tricycle. Video of it in action at YouTube.
  • Smith Electric Vehicles is to open a manufacturing facility in the South Bronx to make the Newton, a Ford conversion. New York State is to fund some substantial buyer incentives to support EV sales (Green Car Congress).
  • How do you go ‘beyond the car’? Thoughts on, and sketches of, a new ‘sustainable mobility vehicle’ in an essay at Treehugger. Car-sharing – of tiny, autonomous EVs – and multi-configurable vehicles, integration with other forms of public transport… it’s not rocket science.
  • Los Angeles is “the epicentre for hydrogen cars”, says Treehugger – a “fledgling infrastructure” is growing, apparently.

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