DEARBORN, MI - Ford will offer 100 percent of its fleet vehicles this year with fuel-efficient powertrains and other sustainable technologies - including battery electric, hybrid, natural gas, propane, E-85, biodiesel (B20) and EcoBoost.
"Companies and the government are greening their fleets, and Ford is here to help," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas. "Ford is driving America with a full line of vehicles featuring alternative fuel powertrains and advanced sustainable technologies aimed at improving fuel economy, reducing CO2 emissions and significantly reducing the cost of owning our vehicles for fleet customers nationwide while providing healthy returns to our business."
Ford said the latest EPA report shows it has improved the fuel efficiency of its lineup more than any other automaker.
"Today, customers have so many different needs, there is no 'one product fits all' solution," said Len Deluca, director, Ford Commercial Trucks. "Ford's plan is to continue offering a complete range of high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles designed and engineered to help our fleet customers significantly reduce their vehicle ownership costs."
Ford will offer a new Police Interceptor sedan when production of the Ford Crown Victoria ends in 2011.
The new Ford Police Interceptor will be available with a highly efficient 3.5L V-6 engine that delivers at least 263 horsepower and E-85 compatibility. That is 25-percent more efficient than the 4.6L SOHC V-8 offered in the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. It also will be offered with an all-new 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbocharged, direct-injection V-6 that will deliver at least 365 horsepower and 350 ft.-lb. of torque across a broad rpm range.
Later this year, Ford will reveal an additional Police Interceptor utility vehicle. This pursuit-rated vehicle will offer departments another choice to best meet law enforcement's needs.
Ford is building on the success of its Transit Connect by offering a pure electric-powered version of the Transit Connect later this year. Additionally, a Transit Connect Taxi comes to market later this year with compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane (LPG).
The all-new 2011 Super Duty is available with diesel and gas engines that have flexible fueling options. The 2011 F-150 will be available with EcoBoost engines, and E-Series will be offered with engine prep packages that allow conversion to CNG or LPG. In addition to the hybrid models, the Escape and Fusion also will be available with E-85 fuel capabilities.
"Advanced gas engines, including EcoBoost, along with cleaner, alternative fuel vehicles and advanced hybrid and electric technologies are an important part of Ford's fleet lineup," Fields said.
Originally posted on Green Fleet Magazine