Ford has created a new environmental initiative to develop technologies that will bring down CO2 emissions and fuel consumption on all its vehicles.
Econetic Technologies marks a change in emphasis away from having only a small number of models in each car range featuring eco technology to one where all cars can benefit. It’s similar in concept to BMW’s Efficient Dynamics and counters criticism of so-called green brands that limit technology to a handful of cars.
Ford will retain the Econetic branding for its most fuel efficient, low CO2 models, but all models will benefit from a range of innovations, including:
• EcoBoost – petrol engines featuring turbocharging and direct injection to provide performance of larger engines with fuel economy and CO2 benefits of a small unit
• PowerShift – dual-clutch for improved efficiency
• Start-stop – cuts engine when at standstill
• Regenerative Charging – creates electrical energy from braking movements
• Eco mode – information system providing real time fuel economy data
• Gear shift indicator – advises of most efficient point for gear changes
Econetic branded vehicles will also include longer gearing, specific engine calibrations, aerodynamic packages and ultra-low rolling resistance tyres.
Longer term, Econetic Technologies will expand to include other features under development, including weight reduction and aerodynamic improvements, electric and hybrid electric vehicles, biofuel capable vehicles, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Nigel Sharp, Ford of Britain managing director, said: “All our cars will embrace some of these technologies. We will push it hard as a global direction – it’s of increasing importance in today’s environment.”