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Ford Escape Hybrid, Electrical, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#7 of 60 Re: Hybrid battery [mecheng1]
Nov 20, 2007 (1:41 pm)
"There is no alternator in the FEH. The HVBattery is charged through a motor/generator (MG1) directly by the ICE or when you engage the brake pedal."
Just a side note. "MG1" is a Toyota HSD term. The Ford system was independently developed; I wonder if Ford uses the same terminology...
#8 of 60 Battery safety info
Dec 26, 2007 (1:42 pm)
I found this doc which is a guide for emergency response people for dealing with the escape high voltage system. It might be good to know
#9 of 60 Re: Hybrid battery [mperski]
Dec 27, 2007 (8:10 am)
One effective way to increase the mileage on electric drive mode would be turn to off some electrical goodies... like those heated seats. Even though they are on the 12v side and are being fed by the 12v battery, the 12v side is being recharged by the HV side. Instead of an alternator, what you have... for the 12v side.. is a DC to DC converter. That is the box sitting on the pass. inner fender behind the dual coolant resivours. It is taking power from the HV side and charging up the 12v battery.. and runing for 12v goodies, like the radio, heated seats, and what ever else you are running on the 12v side.
Otherwise, the short answer to your original question is "no", it is designed to keep you from messing with it for your own good.
#10 of 60 Cold weather battery warm-up
Jan 25, 2008 (6:48 pm)
I have an '08 hybrid and live in Baltimore city. On cold mornings it seems to take about 10-15 minutes for the car to go into EV mode. By this time I am usually out of the city and onto the highway. Is this normal? Friends with Prius' and camry hybrids don't report this.
#11 of 60 Re: Cold weather battery warm-up [dstoltze]
Jan 28, 2008 (9:54 am)
Sounds rather normal....remember, the PCM takes a lot of variables into account before it allows EV......Catalytic Converter Temp, HVBattery Temp.....many of them sensitive to cold temperatures.
#12 of 60 Ford Escape Hybrid System problem
Apr 15, 2008 (12:46 am)
Hi guys, I have a 2005 Escape hybrid, and driving it after a while it doesn't switch to battery. Is that normal?
#13 of 60 Re: Ford Escape Hybrid System problem [rita15]
Apr 15, 2008 (7:18 am)
I assume you are a new owner of a used 2005 FEH.
Full Electric Vehicle or EV mode will only be noticeable on the FEH under certain conditions. The rest of the time the High Voltage HVBattery will drive the traction motor to assist the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) in propelling the FEH. The ICE stays on for many reasons - not all of them related to propulsion. For instance, only the traction motor (and HVBattery) can propel the FEH in reverse. So when you first start the FEH and back out of a parking spot, you are operating as an electric vehicle even though the ICE is running.
Because of other design limitations the ICE will always run at speeds over 40mph
After several minutes of driving in nominal weather, the FEH should easily operate in EV mode at speeds below 25mph (i.e., parking lots, etc.) as long as the driver is gentle on the "gas" pedal. If this doesn't happen - something may be wrong.
#14 of 60 Re: Ford Escape Hybrid System problem [mecheng1]
Apr 15, 2008 (8:39 am)
Thanks for the answer. I just bougt this used one, and the problem is if I drive it for like half an hour, even if I stop, or go very slow, it doesn't turn off the engine anymore. The next day it works perfectly again. I discovered if it just turns off the engine but I have to push the gas again immediatly and it has to turn on, it never stops again.
Who can check what is the problem? It doesn't show any failure code on the computer.
#15 of 60 Re: Ford Escape Hybrid System problem [rita15]
Apr 16, 2008 (9:04 am)
The engine will run constantly if you have the airconditioner/heater selector positioned on any of the red symbols - including defrost, etc.
#16 of 60 Re: Ford Escape Hybrid System problem [mecheng1]
Apr 17, 2008 (1:02 am)
I know that. Nothing is on, I drive it normaly, but after a while it decides not to switch off anymore.