By Theodore Opara
Ford Motor Company has celebrated manufacturing milestone for its fuel-saving EcoBoost engines: Two million have been produced globally since the 2009 launch of the engine line.
Growing customer demand for EcoBoost-powered vehicles in major markets worldwide is driving engine production higher. Factory output now averages more than 100,000 engines per month, up from 65,000 in 2012.
Popularity, demand is rising in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
“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.
A Ford Escape powered by the two millionth production EcoBoost – a 2.0-liter unit – rolled off the line at Ford’s Louisville, Ky., recently.
EcoBoost technology combines smaller overall size with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing to bring customers outstanding performance and fuel economy. Ford EcoBoost engines deliver up to 20 per cent 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. EcoBoost technology is available in every region Ford serves worldwide, and will be offered on approximately 80 per cent of the company’s global nameplates by the end of this year.
Better fuel efficiency — and lower fuel bills — are 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 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.