In 2005 Rocky Mountain National Park was the recipient of two Ford Escape Hybrid vehicles. The National Park Foundation and Ford Motor Company, a Proud Partner of America’s National Parks, granted the vehicles to the park. They are used to transport interpretive rangers to their park programs and activities and for facility management staff when working on projects at campgrounds, picnic areas, trails, and park roads.
The Escape Hybrid, the first alternatively-fueled SUV produced by a major American auto maker, uses about half the gas of a standard V6 engine and can travel 400-500 miles on a single tank of gas. The vehicle is powered by a “full” hybrid system, which means it can run on its gasoline engine, electric battery power, or both together, depending on the driving situation. The Escape Hybrid also meets California’s strict Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) standards. A SULEV-rated vehicle will only emit a single pound of hydrocarbons during 100,000 miles of driving – the equivalent of spilling a pint of gasoline.
As a Proud Partner of America’s National Parks, Ford has developed a partnership with the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service to identify and implement alternative transportation solutions for National Parks across the country. The National Park Foundation was chartered by Congress in 1967 and is the official nonprofit partner of America’s National Parks. As of June 2005, the Foundation had provided more than $175 million in grants and program support to National Parks. For more information on the National Park Foundation and the Proud Partner program, please visit www.nationalparks.org.