Ford Struggles to Go Eco

AMG are not the only ones basking in Popular Science glory as Ford's Eco Boost and Easy Fuel have been awarded the “Best of What's New” prizes.

In an attempt to salvage what's left of the USA's automotive industry, Ford has created the Eco Boost, a family of engines (4 and 6 cylinder) that use technologies like turbocharging and direct injection. These things were unheard of until now in America as fuel efficiency devices. Apparently, they've managed to improve fuel consumption by 20 percent and reduce emissions by 15 percent. According to Derrick Kuza, Ford's group vice president of Global Product Development, EcoBoost builds upon today's affordable gasoline engine and improves it.

“The beauty of EcoBoost is that it enables us to downsize for fuel efficiency, yet boost for power. We’re able to decrease the size of the available engine -- such as installing a V-6 versus a V-8 – yet boost the power using turbocharging to deliver similar power and torque of that larger engine,” the Ford official said

Another interesting innovation is the Easy Fuel capless fuel filler. It uses an integrated spring-loaded flapper door to eliminate the need for a fuel tank screw cap.

“This feature eliminates the likelihood of forgetting to put the gas cap back on after fueling. It also saves time by doing away with unscrewing and replacing a fuel-filler cap and provides a better seal, cutting down the emissions of smog-forming vapors,” Kuzak added.

Easy Fuel was launched on the 2008 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer, and it is available in 2009 on the Ford Flex and Lincon MKS. This technology will become standard equipment on all Fords, Mercurys and Lincons.
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