Once upon a time, Ford built a small fleet of Escape plug-in hybrids and then shipped them off to Southern California Edison (SCE) to begin road testing.

Now just a scant 10 years later, Ford is now testing a new generation of plug-in Escape.  And although that original Escape PHV, with its 10 kWh/30 mile range compact SUV never arrived - this one will, as the demand for plug-in versions of popular utility vehicles are at an all-time high.

The Escape Energi mule we caught today looks to be both longer and wider than the current edition, with the plug-in port is in the standard "Ford location".

2020 Ford Escape Energi Plug-In Hybrid (Automedia)

2020 Ford Escape Energi Plug-In Hybrid (Automedia)

The Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is expect to arrive in late 2018/early 2019 as a 2020 model.  As soon as it does, you can bet the current C-Max Energi will be gone.

In addition to the Escape PHV (Kuga for Europe), recent trademark applications indicate that Ford also has designs on plug-in hybrid versions of the Explorer, Transit, Focus.

Gallery (below):  A couple shots of the standard Escape also out testing for some further reference on the look and sizing of the new Ford, plus a glimpse of the "old" hotness.

For some "retro fun" we have added some B-roll footage of the original Ford Escape PHV below.

Images: via Automedia