Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

A Fuel Saving Alternative to Hybrid / Electric Vehicles by Griffith Hack
September 10, 2010, 1:01 pm
Filed under: News

Although perhaps not as glamorous as hybrid or plug-in electric vehicles, improving fuel efficiency in internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles has an important, if interim, role in reducing carbon emissions, and should be embraced.  This article provides an informative overview of some of the technology used in Ford’s ECOnetic range, and in particular the Focus.  Fuel saving features include auto-start-stop, smart regenerative charging, low tension FEAD (Front End Accessory Drive), improved efficiency power steering system and use of low viscosity lubricants.  Well established fuel saving measures such as low coefficient of drag and low rolling resistance tyres are also mentioned.  In combination with a driver information system (to encourage more efficient driving style) and a turbo diesel ICE, fuel consumption of 3.8L/100km is claimed.  Unfortunately, the very attractive car featured in the photograph is actually badged as the (considerably less economical) RS model; it seems unlikely that the ECOnetic will look as good. 

Daniel Rosenthal


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