Ford Hybrid Escape Production Set for July 2004; Futura Hybrid Planned

Hybrid Escape uses elec­tric motor and bat­tery pack as addi­tion­al pow­er source for its 4-cyl engine
Bat­ter­ies charge when SUV cruis­es or brakes, and elec­tric motor eas­es load on engine under accel­er­a­tion
So far, Toy­ota Motor Corp and Hon­da Motor Co are only automak­ers offer­ing hybrids in the US