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Old 12-18-2009, 01:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ford's ecomodding plans (they even have an internal ecomodding forum)

I've seen a flurry of news articles in the past few days about Ford making the largest recent gains in fuel economy among the North American manufacturers.

What's Ford been up to?

I got a chuckle out of reading that they have an internal, employee-only EcoModder-type forum, where efficiency ideas are posted & good ones rewarded:

...for employees to share efficiency ideas and receive compensation for viable suggestions. "When we opened it, we had a flood of ideas"
Maybe that explains the FoMoCo registered EM members.... Nah.

The company is taking a four-pronged approach to efficiency:
  • design efficiency ("putting engineers and senior management through a Design for Energy Efficiency training course"
  • aerodynamics
  • weight reduction ("aiming to reach reductions of 250 to 750 pounds in the mid-term")
  • "high-value" fuel economy technology (eg. optimizing "deceleration fuel shut-off and electric power assisted steering")

Here's an interesting claim maybe worth dissecting:

Technologies like those that were added to the 2010 Fusion S gave the vehicle a 17 percent improvement in fuel economy over the 2009 version.

Source, and some other snippets here:
Ford's Multi-Pronged Fuel Economy Strategy: How The Fusion S Lost 125 Pounds |

Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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