is on to more fuel-efficient power trains for vehicles of all sorts. New,
smaller and more efficient engines aren't only coming to compact cars; they are
also coming to larger full size trucks and other vehicles. Ford is one of the manufacturers
at the forefront of the tech push to make all of its vehicle models more
One of the most popular and interesting of the fuel-efficient vehicles is the
Ford F-150 truck with the EcoBoost
V6 engine option. A very significant number of those trucks are being sold
with this powertrain. The impressive thing is that while the EcoBoost is more
efficient, it also has similar power output as the V8 trucks offer.
Now Ford has announced that it will up
the yearly production of hybrid and electric vehicles from 35,000
yearly to 100,000 yearly. Ford will focus on the five-passenger C-Max Hybrid and
the all-electric Energi. This move will make the C-Max/Energi
the only vehicles in the Ford fleet that aren’t offered in gasoline engine-only
Jim Farley, Ford's vice president of marketing said, "The way we're
executing our electric vehicles is a little different than other companies.
We're not electrifying a certain vehicle and making a science project for a few
people. We're electrifying our core (models)."
The increase in hybrid and electric vehicles also includes the current hybrids
Ford offers like the Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, and the Escape SUV. Ford also
recently announced that it would be making an increased investment into three
plants in Michigan of $135 million and added 220 jobs to help build five new
electric models by 2012.
The Detroit News reports about 170 of
the 220 new jobs will be in the Rawsonville factory where the batteries for the
EVs will be assembled.
addition to the new C-Max and Energi, Ford will also add the all-electric
Focus to the lineup next year. At this point, however, Ford is still not
offering many details on the Focus electric with respect to how far the car
will be able to drive on a single charge (100 miles would be a good guess).
quote: For those wanting diesel that is all well and good but it is still a hydrocarbon fuel from the ground. It is a short term, near sighted approach to the petroleum problem.
quote: And if you look at the history of car companies, all that really has occurred until 2008 was that the companies went from 8 cylinder to 6 or 4 cylinder engines for their cars in order to attain the 17 mpg rating. 30 freakin years of nothing of real consequence and now they are b*tching and moaning.
quote: "Studies have estimated that the cost of the accident at Fukushima may rise as high as $250 billion over the next 10 years.
quote: The nuclear fuel in three of the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant has melted through the base of the pressure vessels and is pooling in the outer containment vessels, according to a report by the Japanese government.The findings of the report, which has been given to the International Atomic Energy Agency, were revealed by the Yomiuri newspaper, which described a 'melt-through' as being 'far worse than a core meltdown" and "the worst possibility in a nuclear accident.'"
quote: "Our entire team was humbled by the enormous damage inflicted by the tsunami on Japan. We are also profoundly impressed by the dedication of Japanese workers working to resolve this unprecedented nuclear accident," said team leader Mike Weightman, the United Kingdom's Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations.