Electric Vehicles: Part of the Plan, Part of the Future

February 20, 2011

Ford Motor Company will launch five electrified vehicles in the U.S. by 2012. Additionally, Ford will introduce a variety of new technologies, such as Microsoft Hohm™, that will help future owners of Ford electric vehicles optimize the way they recharge their vehicle and manage their home’s energy use.  Also, Ford will create a center of excellence for vehicle electrification where the company will design, engineer and produce key components for its next-generation hybrid-electric and 100 percent electric vehicles.

The Ford plan is to deliver a suite of electrified vehicles to a variety of markets and build an overall plan that offers the widest possible range of technology solutions – instead of a single vehicle or technology – to improve fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions for customers around the world.

Ford has a much broader overall strategy that will bring to market a suite of vehicles that will offer a variety of electrified powertrains. On the commercial fleet side, it begins with the Transit Connect Electric. On the retail side, it will be the 100 percent electric Focus. These vehicles represent the first steps in Ford’s electrification path moving forward. Both vehicles bring new levels of technology to the market and will change the way customers interact with their vehicles.

The Ford suite of electrified powertrains will include:

Hybrid Electric Vehicles – currently available on Escape and Fusion, gasoline hybrids combine an internal combustion engine with an electric motor for improved fuel economy and/or performance over a conventional gasoline engine. The battery electric systems on hybrids are “regenerative” – meaning they produce their own electric power to recharge the battery – and do not need to be plugged in.

Plug-in Electric Vehicles – the next generation of hybrid electric vehicles will offer an extended electric driving range beyond today’s hybrids. This powertrain also combines a gasoline engine with a regenerative electric system and features a high-voltage battery and charge port. This powertrain will allow owners to plug their vehicle in, extending the distance the vehicle can travel in battery mode and, in turn, decreasing gasoline consumption even further.

All-electric Vehicles – available on the 2012 Focus, this powertrain is all electric. Instead of a gasoline engine, this vehicle will feature an electric motor, charging port, high-voltage lithium ion battery and a regenerative braking system. The powertrain is targeted to go up to 100 miles on a single charge and is rechargeable using a 120- or 240-volt electrical outlet. Seeing as electricity is often cheaper than gasoline, it may be less costly to operate. It will also feature an easy to use, advanced power management system to assist drivers in planning trips and managing battery life.

Fuller Ford can help you find the most fuel efficient vehicle to fit your individual needs. As always, Fuller Ford offers lifetime free oil changes on all new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Come in today to see Ford’s entire line of fuel efficient vehicles. Or, check out our inventory at http://www.fullerisford.com

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How EcoBoost Technology Works

February 15, 2011

Let’s start with some basics. EcoBoost combines two technologies that optimize air and fuel delivery, providing impressive power and efficiency. Those technologies are turbocharging (air) and direct injection (fuel).

TURBOCHARGING (AIR)

  • The more air an engine breathes, the more power it generates
  • Turbochargers make use of otherwise wasted energy from the engine’s exhaust to rotate turbine wheels
  • Coupled to a compressor, the turbine wheels pressurize exhaust air coming into the engine, in turn, creating more power

Turbocharging benefits include:

  • Compact design and low Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)
  • Virtually no “lag”- turbos now will spool up faster than before, enabling EcoBoost engines to reach peak power faster than earlier designs
  • Drivers will feel an immediate response when they step on the accelerator

DIRECT INJECTION (FUEL)

  • Direct injection helps provide a great balance of both performance and fuel economy
  • A cam-driven high-pressure fuel pump increases the fuel pressure delivered to the engine to between 200 and 2150 pounds per square inch (psi)
  • Direct injection moves the pressurized fuel to solenoid-controlled, high-pressure injectors located in the combustion chamber of each cylinder
  • The high-pressure injectors manage the precise timing and intensity of the fuel delivery, based on driver demand

The new EcoBoost engine technology can be found in the 2011 Taurus Sho, 2011 Flex, and the 2011 F-150. Fuller Ford can help you find the most fuel efficient vehicle to fit your individual needs. As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Come in today to see Ford’s entire line of fuel efficient vehicles. Or, check out our inventory at www.fullerisford.com.


2012 Ford Focus Active Park Assist Feature Eases Pain Of Parallel Parking

February 10, 2011

The substantial technology investment for the all-new, next-generation Ford Focus brings an unprecedented level of driver assistance features to its segment, including an advanced parking assist technology generally found only in larger, more expensive vehicles.

“Crowded urban parking puts additional pressure on the driver,” said Ali Jammoul, director, chassis engineering. “Focus gives buyers a compelling option in active park assist, designed to make parallel parking a breeze.”

Painless parallel parking

The new Focus offers available with active park assist, an advanced new system which automatically steers the vehicle into parallel parking spaces. The system uses two ultrasonic sensors (one on each side of the vehicle) to scan for large enough space between parked cars – these spaces can be just three feet longer than the overall vehicle length.

Once a suitable space has been identified, the driver is alerted and clear parking instructions are shown in the cluster display using simple text and graphics. The driver controls the accelerator and brake, and selects a forward or reverse gear, while the system turns the steering wheel automatically.

The standard front and rear parking sensors provide an audible warning to help the driver judge when the car is getting close to the surrounding vehicles. To assist accurate parking in tight spots, the system will ask the driver to move the vehicle backward and forward until properly positioned.

Fuller Ford is expecting the new 2012 Focus to arrive sometime around the middle of the year. As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s leader for the hottest, cutting-edge, most fuel efficient vehicles available. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Come in today to see Ford’s entire line of fuel efficient vehicles. Or, check out our inventory at www.fullerisford.com.

Learn more about the all-new 2012 Ford Focus at https://fullerisford.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/dynamic-all-new-ford-focus-models-bring-expressive-design/.

 


2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty Regains Towing Leadership

February 9, 2011

Production begins this week on Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks with upgraded towing capacity. The new enhanced steel frame and upgraded trailer hitch returns the Dearborn, Michigan based Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) to the head of the pack in conventional trailer towing in the heavy-duty truck market. Indeed, the beefed-up Ford F-350 and F-450 Super Duty trucks – with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V-8 diesel engine and dual rear wheels – can now tow an industry-best 17,500 pounds. “Super Duty stays on top because of our ongoing engineering work and analysis of extensive field data,” said Rob Stevens, chief engineer of the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty. “We keep pushing to deliver the best-in-class attributes our customers demand.”

2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty trailer towing ratings:

  • F-250 / F-350 SRW | 4×2/4×4 | trailer towing capacity 14,000/14,000lbs |
  • F-350 DRW 4×2/4×4 | trailer towing capacity 17,500/17,500lbs |
  • F-450 DRW 4×4 | trailer towing capacity 17,500lbs |

The additional 1,500 pounds represent an increase of more than 9 percent compared with the Super Duty at launch in April, 2010. In addition, the F-350 DRW 4×2 pickup has seen a best in class increase in its maximum payload to 7,070 pounds and maximum fifth-wheel towing capability of 22,600 pounds. The hardware upgrades to the Super Duty complement software upgrades to the powertrain control system of the new Ford-engineered 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel to make towing even easier. The Power Stroke delivers best-in-class 800 lb.-ft. of torque and 400 horsepower.

For those contemplating towing a trailer or a fifth-wheel the step-by-step instructions on the 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen can help even a novice tower tow like a pro. In addition, the new 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty can be equipped with a both a factory-installed fifth-wheel hitch prep package and a proportional Trailer Brake Controller to power the trailer’s electric brakes.

According to a Ford analysis of registration data supplied by J.R. Polk, the new Super Duty dominates the heavy-duty pickup segment with nearly 50 percent of total heavy-duty sales, an increase in market share of 4 percentage points over the same period last year and its highest share since 2001. The Ford F-Series is the best-selling and most-awarded pickup truck (for 34 years straight) and best-selling vehicle (for 29 years straight) in America.

As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the entire Super Duty line-up! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s truck leader. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Fuller Ford can help you with all your Super Duty questions and needs! Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.


Important Guidelines For F-650/F-750 Diesel Particulate Filter Regeneration

February 7, 2011

The 2010 and 2011 F-650/F-750 Super Duty chassis cabs are equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), as part of the after-treatment exhaust system, to trap soot and other large particles produced by the engine combustion process.

The soot that accumulates in the filter must be periodically reduced to ash to prevent excessive exhaust restriction. The soot reduction process, also known as “filter regeneration”, is generally performed automatically by the engine and after-treatment system.

WARNING!

The normal operating temperature of the exhaust system is very high. Never work around, or attempt to repair, any part of the exhaust system until it has cooled. Use special care when working around the diesel particulate filter. The DPF heats up to a high temperature after only a short period of engine operation, and can remain hot even after the engine is turned off. Failure to follow these instructions may result in personal injury.

DIESEL PARTICULATE FILTER REGENERATION

The following description is applicable to 2008-2011 Cummins engines. For 2008-2010 Caterpillar engines, see the Owners Guide.

Under most operating conditions, DPF regeneration will be transparent to the operator. An increase in engine/turbo sound level is normal during filter regeneration.

If, however, the engine is operating for extended periods of time under one of the following conditions, operator assistance may be required to facilitate the filter regeneration process:

  • Vehicle is operated in stop-and-go traffic and/or maintains low speeds as in city/delivery driving
  • Engine is started and shut-off frequently
  • Vehicle payload is relatively light
  • Vehicle is regularly operated in cold ambient temperatures (i.e. below 0° F [-18 C])

Instrument cluster lamp(s) will illuminate and/or flash when operator assistance is required. In addition, engine performance will become increasingly limited above Level 1.

At Levels 1 and 2, two courses of action may be taken by the operator to facilitate filter regeneration:

  1.      The vehicle may be driven on the highway at highway speeds.
  2.     The operator may perform a parked regeneration by following the steps in Parked regeneration procedure.

At Level 3, performing a parked regeneration is the only available course of action (short of professional servicing) available to the operator for regenerating the filter.

At Level 4, professional servicing is the only way to regenerate the filter.

PARKED REGENERATION PROCEDURE

Warning: When performing the parked regeneration procedure, make sure the vehicle is safely off the roadway, and the exhaust system is away from people, or any flammable materials, vapors, or structures. Engine speed may increase during parked regeneration.

Note: Parked regeneration is only available when the DPF lamp on the instrument cluster is illuminated (solid or flashing).

  1.      Bring the vehicle to a complete stop on level ground and safely off the road with the exhaust system away from people, flammable materials, vapors or structures.
  2.       If your vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission and a steering column shift lever, place transmission in P (Park). Otherwise, place the transmission in N (Neutral).
  3.    Remove feet from the accelerator pedal and clutch pedal (if equipped).
  4.      Set the parking brake.
  5.      Within 5 seconds of setting the parking brake, remove foot from the service brake pedal.

The engine speed may also increase slightly. To allow parked regeneration to continue uninterrupted:

  1.     The vehicle must remain parked.
  2.     The accelerator pedal, service brake pedal, and clutch pedal (if equipped) must not be depressed.
  3.     The parking brake must remain set.

On average (depending on filter level and other factors), the process will take 20-30 minutes to complete. The DPF lamp will turn off when the process is complete. Repeat Steps 1-5, if parked regeneration is interrupted.

TO DISCONTINUE REGENERATION

Depress any of the floor pedals to discontinue parked regeneration.

DIESEL PARTICULATE FILTER MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE

The DPF is designed to retain a relatively large amount of residual ash and provide many miles and hours of maintenance-free operation. At some point, generally beyond 150,000 miles (240,000 km) or 5000 hours of operation (whichever comes first), the DPF will require professional cleaning to remove the accumulated ash. The exact number of miles or hours of operation will vary greatly depending upon vehicle/engine loading and operating conditions, ash content of the engine oil, and quality of the diesel fuel used in your truck. Adhering to your engine manufacturer’s recommended oil and fuel specifications will maximize the miles and hours of operation before the DPF professional cleaning is required. Refer to your engine manufacturer’s owner’s manual for more details regarding recommended maintenance and service of your DPF.

Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the entire Super Duty line-up! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s truck leader. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Fuller Ford can help you with all your Super Duty questions and needs! Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.

 

 


PUCO Announces Regional Dates to Receive Public Input Regarding Regulations Affecting Vehicles with a GVWR of 10,001 to 26,000 Pounds

February 4, 2011

The Public Utilities Commission (PUCO) revised its rules relative to motor carrier transportation safety.  These revised rules extend PUCO’s jurisdiction to regulate vehicle safety for private commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating between 10,001 and 26,000 pounds.

The enforcement of these rules was postponed to allow the PUCO to receive public input on these rules.  Specifically PUCO states it will consider revisions to abate financial as well as operational burdens.

The PUCO has scheduled public “listening sessions” on the following dates:

Grove City

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Grove City Municipal Building, Council Chambers

4035 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123

Middletown

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

5:00 – 6:30 pm

City Building, City Council Chambers, Lower Level

1 Donham Plaza, Middletown, OH 45042

Akron

Wednesday, February, 23, 2011

5:00-6:30 pm

Oliver R. Ocasek Government Center Auditorium

161 South High Street, Akron, OH 44038

Findlay

Thursday, February 24, 2011

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Findlay Municipal Building, Council Chambers, First Floor

318 Dorney Plaza, Findlay, OH 45840

 

Cambridge

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Cambridge Municipal Court, Suite 1

150 Highland Avenue

Cambridge, OH 43725

Fuller Ford performs annual DOT inspections for $89.95. This includes pulling the wheels and performing a complete brake inspection.  The customer will be notified of any violations of PUCO regulations and advised on any brake repairs or other maintenance.  If it is the first DOT inspection, including new vehicles, the DOT inspection plus the required fire extinguisher and triangle kit costs $229.95. Fuller Ford will also put the necessary inspection decal on the truck, keep the required files, and notify you every year when your inspection is due.  Not only are you complying with state law, but you are getting a very important and proper vehicle inspection as well.  Please contact Fuller Ford’s service department for an appointment at http://www.fullerisford.com/service.aspx


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