Hermance Award Publishes Essays on Ford Fusion Hybrid

We just got back from Chicago Auto Show where we presented the inaugural Hermance Vehicle Efficiency Award. The winner was the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, which took the prize for its use of a sophisticated hybrid powertrain in a highly competitive and appealing package. The Hermance Award judging committee, comprising a who’s who of leading automotive efficiency experts, also selected the Fusion Hybrid for its solid positioning in the middle of the North American market and its promise of making high efficiency technology more broadly accessible to the public.

To back up its selection with a solid rationale, the Hermance Award committee published a compendium of short essays about the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, and the namesake of the award, the late Dave Hermance.

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid: A Cleaner Machine for the Masses

    by John DeCicco
    Excerpt: Though not wearing green on its sleeve, the Fusion was in fact a meaningful move in a subtly eco-conscious direction after years of emphasis on trucks. Having a great product in the middle of the market—just before the bigger-is-always-better trends of the 1990s came crashing down in the latter half of this past decade—gave Ford a solid footing on which to launch a hybrid version to take that technology into the mainstream.

  • Calibration and the Ford Fusion Hybrid

    By Lindsay Brooke
    Excerpt: Control and calibration engineers are the unsung heroes of vehicle development. Their role is to create, tune, and set the complex digital algorithms that control the engine, transmission, and other key vehicle systems, and to make those systems continually “talk” to each other in milliseconds. When the control and calibration engineers excel in their tasks, as Ford’s team clearly did in developing the 2010 Fusion Hybrid, the resulting vehicles are seamless in operation. As perceived by the driver, they function as an integrated piece rather than a collection of separate parts.

    This critical work requires a special focus and commitment. It consumes thousands of hours. As the production deadline looms, much of the engineers’ time is spent “in the saddle”-glued to laptop screens, poring over data, tapping in new code and making adjustments on the fly during long drives in the vehicle. The payoff is a new car or truck that meets or exceeds the customer’s performance and drivability expectations, while also complying with increasingly tough fuel economy and emissions targets.

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid: Toward an Integrated Hybrid Future

    By John German
    Excerpt: You can’t just throw a lot of money at hardware and expect a hybrid vehicle to work properly. Hybrids gain their efficiency advantage from shutting off the engine at idle, capturing energy that would otherwise be lost to heat in the brakes, enabling engine downsizing by assisting with acceleration, and optimizing the operation of the engine. All of these features require careful calibration and integration of both the electric system and the engine. Even idle-off requires numerous calibration considerations. For example, the restart must be fast and smooth, the engine shut-off must not affect the deceleration rate of the vehicle, and the engine must remain running in cold weather while it is warming up.

  • Dave Hermance’s Legacy: Vision, Technology and Progress

    By Robert Larsen
    Excerpt: David Hermance was an extraordinary person. He was an outstanding engineer, an industrialist, an environmentalist, a visionary, and an articulate leader in an industry that often is misunderstood. Dave was passionately committed to making the world a better place, even if it meant running contrary to the prevailing conventional wisdom in the industry to which he devoted his entire career. Yet he was pragmatic and grounded in reality. He wanted to get things done—the right things—but he did not support actions based simply on ideology and wishful thinking, no matter how great the cause was.

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  • yo

    Calibration engineers the never seen people behing a car even if is hybrid or not, they are the best unknown bunch in the auto industry not like bodywork designers. Congrats to them for making thinks happen, and good job FORD with Fusion.

  • ex-EV1 driver

    This is great. While I stomp on the American automobile manufacturers because of their end product and corporate actions, I highly respect the basic folks that work hard to make everything that does work.
    It is very hard to make an automobile for such a low price and that fact is lost on most people.
    Hat’s off to the calibration engineers as well as all of the other unsung, hard working people who made the Fusion such a smashing American Industrial success!

  • Anonymous

    It was nice to read these essays published by the Hermance Award judging committee who had awarded their inaugural Hermance Vehicle Efficiency Award to the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid for using its “sophisticated hybrid powertrain in a highly competitive and appealing package”!! The reasons given are all solid and important and I am sure that these essays will be a great help for prospective buyers when they are looking for the advantages and the reasons for buying this award winning vehicle! Gps navigation

  • tapra1

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