A Ford Escape powered by the two millionth production EcoBoost, a 2.0-liter unit, rolled off the line at Ford’s Louisville, KY. plant last week.
According to Ford, the company is now producing EcoBoost engines at the rate of 100,000 per month worldwide.
Ford’s EcoBoost technology combines smaller engine displacement size with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing to optimize performance and fuel economy. Ford says EcoBoost engines deliver up to 20 percent better fuel economy than larger-displacement gasoline engines.
Ford’s global EcoBoost engine family now includes the 1.0-liter three-cylinder; 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines; and the powerful 3.5-liter V6. Ford says EcoBoost will be offered on approximately 80 percent of the company’s global nameplates by the end of this year.
Lower fuel bills
How much can EcoBoost lower fuel bills? At today’s gas prices, the EPA’s fuel-economy website estimates an average annual fuel bill of $3,400 for a 2009 Ford F-150 2WD with a 5.4-liter V8 engine, but only $3,000 for a 2013 F-150 2WD with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. At this rate, a consumer would save an estimated $4,000 over a vehicle life of 10 years and 150,000 miles.
Global Ford EcoBoost engine production by plant location totals:
- Cologne: 284,000
- Bridgend: 549,000
- Valencia: 532,000
- Cleveland: 635,000
- Total: 2,000,000
Source: Ford Motor Company
Bill Ford, Jr. was EcoBoost skeptic
EcoBoost has become a key advantage for Ford in a highly competitive marketplace. Ford first introduced EcoBoost in 2009 in the Ford Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKS. Embracing EcoBoost, however, was not a slam dunk. When Bill Ford, Jr. first learned about EcoBoost, he reportedly “didn’t think it was sexy enough.” He leaned toward hybrid technology.
According to a Wall Street Journal blog, Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s Group VP, Global Product Development (now retired) and Susan Cischke, Group VP, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, had to convince Mr. Ford that EcoBoost represented the best opportunity to make incremental fuel economy gains across the company’s range of vehicles. It’s a good thing Kuzak and Cischke were persuasive.