Ford EcoBoost® Vehicles
Alternative powertrains are one way that Ford makes it easy to "go green," but the Ford EcoBoost® engines go a long way in making more powerful traditional-fuel vehicles more efficient. These excellent engines are available throughout the Ford lineup, appearing on favorites like the Ford Focus ST, Ford Escape, Ford Explorer SUV, and even the Ford F-150 pickup truck. The section below goes into more detail about why these engines are so cool, and how they save you on gas.
What is Ford EcoBoost® and What Exactly Does it Do for My Fuel Economy?
EcoBoost® engines are unique to Ford vehicles. While they use traditional fuel alone, these engines have been designed by the brilliant minds at Ford Motor Company to deliver efficiency and power without having to compromise on either. These engines use turbochargers and direct-injection technology to generate excellent performance and a responsive drive, all while saving a little fuel along the way.
What is Turbocharging?
Turbocharging-beyond being a defining trait of Ford EcoBoost® engines-refers to the use of a device that forces in more air than a normal engine would receive. With more air and more fuel comes more power-hence the "boost" in "EcoBoost®." What makes turbocharging special is that it adds power to an engine without making it substantially less efficient. When you simply make an engine bigger, it surly increases performance, but it hurts mileage. Ford's EcoBoost® engines skirt the problem entirely!
Okay, So What is Direct Injection?
This one is no smoke and mirrors-the process of "direct injection" refers to how the fuel gets into an engine. Traditional engines use an extra step-the intake tract-to inject fuel into the engine. With direct injection, the fuel is injected directly into the engine, cutting out the extra step and creating a less complicated, more efficient fuel injection process.
*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
**Based on 2017 EPA-estimated combined MPGe. Actual MPGe will vary and is dependent upon many factors, including charging practice, battery age, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.