By Alan Purkiss
Detroit, July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Ford Motor Co. may offer Volvo, Land Rover, Mazda and other cars with hybrid gasoline- electric power systems in the next few years, the Wall Street Journal Europe reported, citing Prabhaker Patil, who heads a team developing a hybrid version of the Escape sports-utility vehicle.
Patil said Ford is talking with Toyota Motor Corp. and some suppliers about cooperation in developing hybrid components, the newspaper said, adding that Toyota and Honda Motor Co. offer the only hybrid cars currently available in the U.S.
Ford plans to start making the hybrid Escape next year and believes the vehicle, likely to cost about $25,000, could become a mass-market item, the Journal said. The company is ``evaluating ... what other vehicle lines and platforms make sense'' for the technology, it cited Patil as saying.
The Toyota Prius, a hybrid vehicle with an electric motor as well as a gasoline engine, achieves 41 miles per gallon of fuel.
(Wall Street Journal Europe 7-30 A4)