hcbflash wrote:I feel that Ford is not very agressive in pursuing the EV/HEV market, certainly not by consumer electronics standards. (Sounds like the 70s or 80s). Battery technology since 2000, even 2005, has been making leaps and bounds, but Ford has made no battery upgrades available. An upgraded battery pack along with software/firmware based control upgrades could probably get us another 10 MPG ("city driving"), and I bet Ford could sell a bunch of "upgrade packages" to current owners at a good profit. Heck they could include a current GPS disc and make a couple more bucks.
Quite honestly I expected such advised update/upgrades when I bought this Hybrid vehicle, and I've talked with others who expected that sort of thing.
"There are 3rd party vendors that can convert your "normal" Escape Hybrid into a "plug in version" but the costs are quite steep at $30,000+. Some of these vendors-such as Hybrids Plus out of Boulder, Colorado-no longer exist due to various reasons."
I beg to differ.
I own a 2011 FEH. Added Enginer 4kwh battery system in January. Cost was $4,000. With state rebates, net cost is $600. 10,000 miles later I am averaging 41mpg (AWD driven in all conditions including 4 wheeling in Colorado). Because I get a 25% boost in mpg, my ROI is about 1.5 years. By the way, Boulder Hybrid Conversions is in business in Boulder and installs both Enginer and Hymotion systems. Cost for Hymotion system is now in the $10,000 range and Enginer system is as I mentioned. Feel free to ask any other questions from a real user.
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