Ford Motor Company Ford is committed to delivering vehicles with the best or among the best fuel economy. Ford has 12 vehicles with best-in-class fuel economy – more than any other full-line automaker – giving consumers a real choice when choosing a vehicle that suits their needs and saves money at the pump.
Special Guest Speakers included – Bob Barton from Beach Ford [singlepic id=1355 w=300 h=240 float=none]
Carrie Majeske Ford’s Manager of Product Sustainability [singlepic id=1356 w=300 h=240 float=none]
Chelsea Jenkins Virginia Clean Cities Board Member. [singlepic id=1357 w=300 h=240 float=none]
Here are some of the highlights mentioned that we got to learn about Ford
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They did some research and here are some Norfolk insights :
Among those surveyed, fule efficiency is by far the most important influencing factors in the vehicle purchasing decision. When asked directly 57% of respondents expressed interest in purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle with savings on gas being the primary purchase motivator.
51% of residents surveyed do not know the differences between the various vehicle platforms, however, 61% do know the differences between alternative fuel technologies like the flex fule and compressed natural gas.
Virginia driving habits : 73% drive to work, 61% commute less than half an hour each way, 71% drive more than 20 miles on weekends and 22% drive more than 50 miles on weekends.
Ford delivering Class Leading Fuel Effciency :
- 14 vehicles with a best-in-class fuel economy, more than any manuracturer
- 13 vehicles with 30+ MPG including the Edge and Mustang
- 4 with 40 or more MPG ( 2011 Fusion Hybrid 41MPG, 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid 41 MPG, 2011 Ford Fiesta SFE 40 MPG, and 2012 Ford Focus SFE 40 MPG)
- Small car sales account for 25% of vehicles sold in the US
- Focus and Fiesta are the 2 fastest turning vehicles in Ford showrooms
- Direct injection + Turbo Charging
- Up to 20% fuel economy improvement
- Up to 15% reduction in CO2 emmissions
- 90% of nameplates will be equipped with EcoBoost by 2013. Currently offering – 2012 Ford Explorer, 2012 Super Duty, 2012 Flex, 2012 Taurus, 2011 F-150, Lincoln MKT and MKS
Ford Flex Fuel Vehicles :
- Between 2006 & 2010 model years, Ford delivered on its pledge to double the number of flexible fuel vehicles produced in the US.
- Current Ford Vehicles include : Escape, Fusion, F-150, Expedition, E-Series, Lincoln Navigator, Super Duty, & New models to be added in 2012
Ford CNG Vehicles :
- Compressed Natural Gas ( CNG) is a clean-burning fuel that significantly reduces CO, CO2 and NOx
- CNG Transit Connect taxis are used in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston and San Francisco
- Ford CNG vehicles include : E-Series, Tranisit Connect, Super Duty Chasis cab, Super Duty pickup, Medium Duty (2012)
Ford’s Electrification Strategy :
- Ford’s electrified vehicles are part of the company’s broad commitment to delivering affordable, best-in-class fuel efficiency to the masses.
- The Ford Electrification Strategy includes five new electrified vehicles in North America by 2012 and in Europe by 2013 ( Transit Connect Electric, Focus Electric 2011, C-Max Energi 2012, C-Max Hubrid 2012, and a yet-to-be determined next-generation hybrid car in 2012)
- Ford is aiming for hybrid and electric vehicles to make up 10% to 25% of Ford’s vehicle fleet by 2020.
C-Max Hybrid :
- 50% lighter
- 25-30% smaller
- Advanced lithium-ion battery
- Critically acclaimed powersplit hybrid architecture
- Targets AT-PZEV (Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) status
Transit Connect Electric :
- Ford’s first all-electric vehicle (2010)
- Aimed at fleet and commercial customers
- Hundreds already on the road
- Up to 80 miles per charge
- Drivable today
- Innovative Design removable upgradable serviceable
- 3-4 hour charge on 240V outlet
- Faster recharge than Nissan Leaf
- Value Charging
Vehicles that were displayed and that we were able to test drive :
- Focus Electric
- Transit Connect Electric
- Explorer with EcoBoost
- Fusion Hybrid
Thanks to Nicole Newsome and Kim Finley who attended the Tweetupwith me and test drove the vehicles!