Sam Abuelsamid ... Plugged in

Episode 1704 (28:28)

Sam Abuelsamid

Sam joins Leo to talk about Ford's new Escape Plugin Hybrid, which charges batteries, as well as runs on gas.  The Escape is a crossover hybrid that merges passenger cars and SUVs. The Escape Hybrid has 10 times the battery life as a standard hybrid with 14kw hours. The fuel economy estimates on the Ford Escape Plugin Hybrid came out this week. The Escape can go 37 miles before the engine kicks in to recharge the battery. That's the equivalent to 100 mpg. The Toyota Rav4 Hybrid will go even further at 40-42 miles before kicking in the gas engine. That means for most of your daily needs; drivers will do just about all they need to do without having to use any gas at all but will have an engine for longer trips. Leo says that hybrids are a good idea, but the engine's power is lacking. Sam says, that was true in the beginning, but the newer hybrids provide all the power you really need. And potential drivers can still enjoy a tax credit if they buy one of Ford's hybrids. The Ford Escape will be in dealers in the next few weeks, with the Toyota Rav4 coming at the end of the summer.