Ford, Nissan Re-Think Hybrid Programs

- April 9, 2012

Nis­san says it will no longer offer a hybrid Alti­ma and Ford is scrap­ping the hybrid ver­sion of its Escape. For one thing, both com­pa­nies feel they can do well with non-hybrid mod­els get­ting much bet­ter fuel econ­o­my and minus the hefty price pre­mi­um and fees paid to acquire the gas-elec­tric engines. Both are still com­mit­ted to elec­tric propul­sion, how­ev­er, and will con­tin­ue to pro­duce bat­tery-oper­at­ed vehi­cles.