The Ford Kuga, which is the Ford Escape in the States, is an important model for Ford in Europe. At the Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford is highlighting its electrified vehicle line that it says will combine to sell more units than its gas and diesel-powered vehicles by 2022. One of the key models in that plan is the Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid. Ford is proud to say that the Kuga is its first model to offer a plug-in hybrid, mild-hybrid, and full-hybrid powertrain.
The Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid has a powertrain that includes a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gas engine, electric motor, and a generator. The battery pack inside the Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid is a 14.4 kWh lithium-ion unit and combined the powertrain produces 225 PS. Ford bragged that the Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid was its first plug-in hybrid to deliver a pure electric driving range of over 50 km.
Drivers wanting to maximize the electric driving range of the car can plug it into a standard charging station to charge the battery. Ford Europe says that it can charge fully via a 230V electrical supply in about four hours. The Kuga Plug-In Hybrid has driving modes that allow the buyer to choose when to use the electric power with EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later, and EV Charge. When the battery reaches its lowest level, it automatically reverts to EV Auto mode and uses the gas engine.
Europeans can also get the Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid that uses the 150 PS 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine paired with mild-hybrid technology using a belt-driven integrated starter/generator that replaces the standard alternator. The standard Kuga Hybrid uses a self-charging full-hybrid powertrain with a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle gas engine, electric motor-generator, and a lithium-ion battery.