A 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid donated by Ford helped generate $37,000 for the environmental group Heal the Bay at the organization's annual charity auction last week. Heal the Bay is a Santa Monica-based environmental group dedicated to improving water quality along California's coastline.

The 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid comes with a 2.3-liter DOHC 16-valve Atkinson cycle four-cylinder (good for 133 HP) engine and a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (adding 70 kW) The net result is 155 horsepower and it achieves 34 MPG (city) and 30 MPG (highway). The only available transmission is a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). It can run up to 30mph on 100 percent electric power, so it makes it a full hybrid model.

The Escape and Escape Hybrid are available with a cloth fabric made from 100-percent recycled material, as an available interior trim option. The winner will receive a set of tote bags made from this material.

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