With the ever rising gas prices today, it is no wonder that fuel economy is often the number one purchase consideration consumers face. Without sacrificing performance, Ford delivers vehicles that are among the best fuel economy automobiles in the market today. At a time of great economic distress, Ford invested billions in research and development of transmissions, engines, and even electric vehicles to help in the production of fuel efficient cars.
Ford offers many vehicles that deliver 40 mpg or more such as the Ford C-MAX Hybrid with a EPA-certified 47 mpg in both city and highway ratings. The new Ford PowerShift transmission weighs nearly 30 pounds less than the four-speed automatic transmission allowing the Ford Focus as well the Ford Fiesta, the ability to reach 40 mpg for highway driving. The PowerShift transmission is part of Ford’s commitment to be a leader in producing fuel economy cars. By implementing the dual dry-clutch PowerShift 6 speed automatic transmission, fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 10 percent when compared to the automatic 4 speed transmission.
Over the next decade, plans are being made to reduce vehicle weight by 250 to 750 pounds. Fuel usage can be improved by as much as 7 percent with the weight reduction combined with the power-train improvements. Fuel efficiency can be improved by up to 4 percent when using electric power-assisted steering because it uses an electric motor rather than an engine-driven hydraulic gear.
Let’s discuss the refinement of aerodynamics. The key contributor to getting an EPA-certified 40 mpg was in the design of the new Ford Focus. The reduction of fuel consumption is because the car was designed to cut drag by up to 7.8 percent. Another 4.5 percent improved fuel economy can be realized because select Ford engines use twin independent variable camshaft timing to utilize the best intake variable cam timing.
From an electrification standpoint, Ford will offer 8 vehicles from EcoBoost to hybrids and plug-in hybrids to full electric vehicles that will most likely reach the 40 mpg or more goal. In 2012, Ford was happy to launch 6 new electrified vehicles which included the new Fusion Hybrid. The ever popular Ford Taurus sedan offers two new engine choices. When fitted with the 2.0 –litre EcoBoost engine, the fuel economy is up to at least 31 mpg highway driving.
For every day normal driving, using cruise control when possible and staying at a consistent speed helps conserve fuel. Accelerating smoothly and braking softly also helps with fuel efficiency. The cars of today do not need a warm-up period and shutting off the engine when the car will be idling for more than 30 seconds saves gas. Consolidating trips when running errands and using the right grade oil during oil changes that Ford recommends in the owner’s manual are some of the tips available that will help provide the best fuel economy.
Ford’s goal remains the same even today: lower CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy for all customers in an affordable manner. On June 5, 2013, the ultra fuel efficient 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine was named the 2013 International Engine of the Year for the second year in a row. Ford states that by the end of 2013, the EcoBoost engine will make up more than 90 percent of Ford’s North American line up.