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Its fuel-saving technologies will save over 2 MPG on the highway

Ford today announced the Atlas Concept, which features next-generation EcoBoost technology. The Atlas Concept has an EcoBoost powertrain that uses gasoline direct injection turbocharging. This allows for a 20 percent increase in fuel economy and a 15 percent drop in CO2 emissions. The powertrain also features Auto Start-Stop engine shutoff tech, which (as the name suggests), shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped in traffic.

The Atlas Concept also looks to save fuel in other ways, such as the Active Grille Shutters that stay open when cooling is needed; Active Wheel Shutters that close at highway speeds to improve aerodynamics but open at slow speeds; Drop-Down Front Air Dam that lowers at highway speeds for underbody airflow, and Power Running Boards that help passengers enter the truck at rest and move closer to the vehicle when it's traveling for improved aerodynamics.
 


Using all of these fuel-saving technologies saves roughly 2 MPG on the highway.

In addition to fuel-saving efforts, Ford showed off some other tech that the Atlas is sporting. Some include the 360-Degree Point-of-View Camera for fitting the vehicle in tight places, Dynamic Hitch Assist for an accurate fitting of a hitch using the Atlas' display screen, and LED headlamps and tail lamps for better illumination.

“We wanted the concept to reflect how Ford trucks help customers in both their worlds – professionally and personally,” said J Mays, Ford group vice president and chief creative officer. “Every surface and feature in the vehicle has been crafted for purpose and capability while retaining an unmistakable Built Ford Tough look.”


Last year, it was reported that the F-150 would shed 700 lbs to meet the EPA's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. These standards stipulate that auto manufacturers meet a fleetwide 54.5 mpg CAFE average by 2025.

The weight savings come from using the lightweight metal aluminum throughout the vehicle, such as the doors, cargo box, fenders, front suspension/steering components, and portions of the interior structure. 

Source: Ford



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Mileage
By x2c4me on 1/15/2013 5:39:35 PM , Rating: 2
Something doesn't add up...

The least fuel efficient 2013 gas powered F150 was the 6.2L V8. This model is rated at 18mpg highway. http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/specifications/eng...

If the new EcoBoost powertrain employing direct injection turbocharging provides a 20% increase in fuel economy then the minimal gain should be 3.6 mpg highway (higher on V6 models).

The addition of other fuel saving features like closing shutters, lowering air dam and recessed running boards should only push this number even higher.




RE: Mileage
By SeeManRun on 1/15/2013 7:45:33 PM , Rating: 2
The 2 mpg gain was from the body changes (active shutter on tires etc.) and not from the enhancements to the engine.


RE: Mileage
By Manch on 1/16/2013 4:16:42 AM , Rating: 2
I don't get the active shutters on wheels. Does opening them at low speeds improve mileage? If not, then just make a wheel that is closed. If you want the see thru look then have plexi cover the gaps. I also have to wonder what the weight penalty on those rims is for the shutter mechanism.


RE: Mileage
By Leper84 on 1/16/2013 6:46:48 AM , Rating: 2
They open at low speed to cool the brakes. They close at high speed for aero of course, and you won't be using the brakes much at high speed on a truck like that.

I'm willing to bet there isn't a weight penalty at all. I can imagine a plastic center/hub cap over the entire wheel, or fitting over the openings of the wheel that have a spring loaded flapper in each opening. So you get up to speed and wind pushes them closed.


RE: Mileage
By Manch on 1/16/2013 9:28:46 AM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't brake ducts be simpler? If you're closing the gaps to reduce drag, then relying on drag to close a spring loaded flapper seems dubious.


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