Now I bet this is something you didn’t see coming. According to the GreenCarReports.com, the environmentally conscious aren’t the only ones out there who want to flaunt their eco-friendly hybrids to the world. Apparently the Israel Defense Forces are considering testing out a few Ford Escape Hybrids for use as field support vehicles, with the main focus being to save on fuel costs. Standard petrol and diesel burning engine use quite a bit of fuel, especially out in the field, so bringing in a hybrid might not be such a bad idea. The main issue here, at least in my mind anyway, would come in the form of concern as to how durable the Ford Escape Hybrids would actually be out in the field.
Think about this for a moment. The Ford escape is a light duty SUV that was never intended for severe off-road usage. Sure it’s small and gets great fuel economy, but that is on pavement, with some groceries and a kiddie seat in the back. Now take those items out of the equation and substitute in some hairy off-road conditions, recon gear and 2-3 fully equipped soldiers and we may be seeing a different story. Obviously some of the fuel economy will drop, but I’d be more concerned with the actual reliability of the thing under those conditions. Who knows, if the Ford Escape Hybrid doesn’t work out it may give Ford the excuse they’ve been looking for to delve into the world of fast attack and recon hybrid off-road vehicles.