Ford Flex News
The overall carbon footprint of a vehicle is more than 90 percent composed of the fuel used to move it around, but manufacturing plays a role too. Many automakers are quietly working to include more renewable materials into a product that's largely made of metal, plastic, and glass. The latest example comes from Ford, which reinforces plastic storage bins and door panels with wheat straw--made from the wheat-plant biomass you see waving in the air when you drive past the Midwest's prevalent wheat fields. The research leading to the new material was jointly funded by the Canadian government's...
Smaller-More-Efficient Engines II: Ford EcoBoost Effort Expands
We said it on Friday: Smaller, more efficient engines are going to be the main way we increase gas mileage in the next few years (in that case, a four-cylinder 2010 Buick LaCrosse). This morning, Ford has underlined that theme once more by announcing three new applications of their EcoBoost engines...John Voelcker
Covering Your Car In Sharkskin Dimples Does Nothing For Fuel Economy
Another miracle mileage enhancer bites the dust: Fastskinz does nothing to improve mileage. Ah well.John Voelcker