Ford Motor Company celebrated yesterday a manufacturing milestone for its fuel-saving EcoBoost engines: Two million have been produced globally since the 2009 launch of the engine line.
A Ford Escape powered by the two millionth production EcoBoost – a 2.0-liter unit – rolled off the line at Ford’s Louisville, Ky., last week.
Ford declared growing customer demand for EcoBoost-powered vehicles in major markets worldwide is driving engine production higher. Factory output now averages more than 100,000 Ecoboost engines per month, up from 65,000 in 2012.
“Ford EcoBoost delivers great performance with lower fuel bills, a recipe that is proving incredibly popular with consumers around the world,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, powertrain engineering for Ford. “EcoBoost engines are attracting new customers to the Ford brand every day, and our plants are working hard to keep up with demand.”
The EcoBoost technology is described by Ford as a combination of a smaller overall size with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing to maximize performance and fuel economy.
Per Ford, 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; as well as the 3.5-liter V6.
Ford’s EcoBoost technology is available in every region Ford serves worldwide, and will be offered on approximately 80 percent of the company’s global nameplates by the end of this year.
Better fuel efficiency — and lower fuel bills — are, according to Ford, the top reasons for surging sales of optional EcoBoost engines. 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 this comes down to $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.
Ford said businesses, too, are using EcoBoost-powered vehicles to cut fuel costs, while also tackling tough jobs.
“The Ford EcoBoost engines provide an average mile and a half improvement over our V8-powered trucks at work,” said Lyle Azevedo, fleet manager for Grimmway Farms in Bakersfield, Calif., which is a major grower of carrots and other crops. “With a 150,000-mile life cycle and with $3.50 a gallon gas, we’re going to save over $300,000 on our fleet of 80 trucks over their lifetimes.”
In North America, internal Ford data shows that the EcoBoost engine is now the most recognized fuel-efficient engine among consumers.
Ford finds the popularity of EcoBoost in North America is reflected in high take rates on key models:
- 90 percent of Ford Escape models are equipped with 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines
- 50 percent of Fusion customers select one of three available EcoBoost models – the sedan is available with the 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter variants
- 42 percent of F-150 trucks are purchased with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost
This year, EcoBoost will be available on more than 90 percent of North American nameplates, rising to 95 percent by 2015.