It’s a boon for commercial customers looking for increased fuel efficiency and potentially lower operating costs. Along with the EcoBoost engine, the new Transit van offers weight savings of at least 300 pounds off a similar E-Series van, for at least a 25 per cent improvement in fuel economy.
The EcoBoost engine is part of Ford’s plan to deliver high-output, smaller displacement engines; the company says it will produce up to 1.5 million of them world-wide by 2013. EcoBoost-equipped F-150s account for more than 40 per cent of F-150 sales, with more than 100,000 of them sold since their debut less than a year ago.
A high-pressure injector to the side of each cylinder aims fuel directly into the cylinder adjacent to a high-intensity spark plug alongside the intake and exhaust valves, with pressure of about 35 times that of a port-fuel-injection engine.