Ford Explorer 4x4

 

Ford Explorer 4x4

We currently have several Ford Explorer 4x4's in our fleet. I'm wanting to find out what like vehicles are being used by other fleets. These vehicles are primarly used on road, but do have the need for 4-wheel drive at times.

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We have several (7) used by our Park Rangers who patrol parks and respond to emergencies within (occassionally outside) those parks.  There are places on parks where 4x4 -- and/or the ground clearance a 4x4 offers -- would be required.  They are all 2004s -- and replaced old Jeep Cherokees that could be purchased with a police package.  The Explorers, which came with most of the same kinds of "heavy duty" options (heavier duty cooling; heavier duty trans; brakes, charging).  They seem to work good for that application.  However, the Rangers have since transitioned to a small/midsize 4x4 crew cab pickup as their "standard" vehicle. 

We also have a couple used by "survey" type functions.  Definitely need for 4x4.

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We have quite a few types of 4x4s in the fleet but have migrated to the Ford escape for most of the new purchases mostly because of the hybrid (green) drivetrain.

 

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We have done the similiar.  All of our 4X4 explorers are currently assigned to our motor pools.  They are primarily on-road used, but due traverse the canal banks, substations, etc.  As we have replaced them, we have gone to Escapes and Escape Hybrids, both in 4X4 models. They seem to be working fine, with no real issues.

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We are Using Ford Escape Hybrids 4x4's and depending on the off Road requirements Severe conditions we have added a couple Jeeps with the rubicon package. They have all worked flawlessly to this point with no issues.

We also have Tahoes, but for the off road applications we have had to modify some with Border patrol style conversions because of issues with Facia Ground Clearance.

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I've substituted Escape hybrids for many SUV applications. The hybrid works well in all but the most demanding off road applications and of course gets much better fuel economy. The Escape hybrid has about the same ground clearance as the Explorer but doesn't do as well on steep grades for extended periods. The hybrid really needs the battery assist and it can be depleted fairly quickly under load. For heavy off road driving, towing, or heavy equipment payloads the hybrid is probably not the best choice out there. You'll be happy with the Escape hybrid if they are used within their limitations.

I've also replaced SUV's with 4WD trucks with camper shells- specifically the Colorado or Dakota with success. Cut down on capital expenditures although the Explorers are pretty cheap these days!

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At PG&E we are using the Escape hybrid with good success in as many applications as possible.  It seems to meet our operational requirements and is receiving high marks from the user groups.  However, in the applications where we still have a need for full size pick-ups and SUV's we are using a combination of Ford and GM products.  Both do a great job, but we are leaning toward the GM hybrid packages, where the application permits, due to the hybrid option.  While still pretty pricey, we have seen average mpg running in the 22-23 range.