Ford will become the first car manufacturer to make a hybrid-powered SUV. And, the gas-electric version of the Escape will be made only at the Claycomo plant north of Kansas City. Tests are being run now. Construction will start next summer and it will be marketed as a 2005 model. The electric motor will kick in at low speeds and at stops. Ford thinks the hybrid Escape will get 35 to 40 miles per gallon.
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