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Ford Hybrids Prove Durability By Racking Up Most Taxi Miles

Ford Hybrids Prove Durability By Racking Up Most Taxi Miles

Ford Escape Hybrid Taxi Enlarge Photo If you want to wring out your new car and test exactly how durable it is, never mind taking it to Death Valley or testing above the Arctic Circle. Just put it in service as a street taxi in any big city. New York City, maybe, or San Francisco. That's just what Ford has done with its hybrid vehicles, first the Escape Hybrid crossover and more recently the Fusion Hybrid four-door sedan as well. Ford hybrids have logged more than 80 million miles in California alone, and they're used in dozens of other locations as well. That's likely more mileage than Toyota hybrids, which have not been used in such great numbers in taxi service--in part because Ford already has a lock on the traditional taxi market, with its now-discontinued Crown Victoria full-size sedan. Escape HEV Battery Pack Enlarge Photo That gave it a leg up as owners and taxi co...

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