With rising prices at the pump, it’s no surprise that more than 58
percent of car consumers polled by Kelly Blue Book in March indicated
that fuel prices affected their purchase decision. While Ford, along
with other automakers, are exploring game-changing, long-term
solutions, developing affordable, near-term ways to improve fuel
efficiency is critical as well.
Andreas R. Schamel, Ford’s
chief engineer for Research and Advanced Engineering, will explain to
SAE delegates today how volume-based, near-term actions – such as
Ford’s upcoming EcoBoost engine technology – can deliver real-world
fuel economy improvements for millions of customers within the next
EcoBoost, which mates advanced direct injection
technology and turbocharging with a gasoline engine, can deliver up to
20 percent better fuel economy, 15 percent lower CO2 emissions and
superior driving performance versus larger displacement engines. The
technology will be spread across Ford’s lineup from small cars to large
“The challenges of CO2 and fuel economy are complex,
global issues,” Schamel says. “There is no single, universal answer
around the world. That’s why we’re pursuing technology such as EcoBoost
that’s scale-able to large-volume production now in the short term.
Programs like EcoBoost.”
The EcoBoost family of 4- and
6-cylinder engines builds on today’s affordable gasoline engines
allowing the technology to be applied across a wide range of engines
and vehicles types. In the next five years, EcoBoost will be available
on a half a million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles annually in
North America, far exceeding current hybrid vehicle production capacity.
That means a significant impact on fuel consumption, Schamel says.
will provide a real-world fuel efficiency benefits in the near term
with a shorter payback time than other advanced technologies. We
believe hybrids, diesels and technologies such as plug-ins and fuel
cells have a role, but we believe that having the right mix of
fuel-saving technologies over time is the best approach.”
2009, Ford will first introduce EcoBoost on the Lincoln MKS featuring a
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that will produce the power and torque
of a V-8 engine with the fuel efficiency of a V-6. With an estimated
340 horsepower and more than 340 lb.-ft. of torque, the Lincoln MKS
will be the most powerful and fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive luxury
sedan in the market – while saving customers about $340 a year in fuel
costs compared with a standard V-8 model luxury sedan.
injection coupled with turbocharging allows for the downsizing of
engines that deliver improved torque and performance. A 4-cylinder
EcoBoost engine has the capability of producing more torque than a
larger 6-cylinder engine – nearly an entire liter larger in
displacement – with up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency.
– combined with six-speed transmissions, advanced electric power
steering, weight reductions and aerodynamic improvements – is a key
part of Ford Motor Company’s near term strategy to deliver affordable,
sustainable, quality vehicles that customers want and value .