Ford’s New Eco Boost Engine: Get More Out of Less

March 25, 2010


In the upcoming year Ford Motor Company is launching its new highly efficient, EcoBoost engine. Nearly half a million vehicles will be equipped with EcoBoost engine technology which will increase fuel economy up to 20%.

•EcoBoost technology will be used in Ford vehicles ranging from small cars to large trucks

•EcoBoost uses gasoline turbocharged direct-injection technology for up to 20 percent better fuel economy, 15 percent fewer C02 emissions and superior driving performances versus larger displacement engines.

•As of early 2010 EcoBoost is available in the Lincoln MKS sedan and Taurus SHO. The new “Ford Explorer America” concept SUV showcases the EcoBoost engine, which combined with other sustainability actions, will deliver 20-30 percent increases in fuel economy over today’s mid-sized utilities. In the next 5 years the EcoBoost will be available in Focus, Flex, F150, and other models.

The line of EcoBoost 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines utilize turbo charging and direct injection technology to build upon today’s affordable gasoline engines. It allows customers to” have their cake and eat it too”; affordable, powerful, and fuel efficient!

In a recent enterview with, Derrick Kuzak (Ford’s group VP of Global Product development) spoke about the potential savings versus expense of the EcoBoost engine. “Compared with the current cost of diesel and hybrid technologies, customers in North America can expect to recoup their initial investment in a 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine through fuel savings in approximately 30 months.  A diesel in North America will take an average of seven and one-half years, while the cost of a hybrid will take nearly 12 years to recoup – given equivalent miles driven per year and fuel costs.”

How Ford EcoBoost Technology Works

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The EcoBoost engine relies on both modern-day turbo charging and direct injection technology. The turbo uses waste energy from the exhaust gas to drive the turbine and force air, at a high rate, back into the engine. These two elements combined allow for similar displacement as larger engines with fewer trips to the gas pump.

Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, for example, can deliver upwards of 340-plus lb.-ft. of torque across a wide engine range – 2,000 to 5,000 rpm versus 270 to 310 lb.-ft of torque for a conventional naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V-8 over the same speed range.  At the same time, this V-6 gives customers an approximate 2 mpg improvement and emits up to 15 percent fewer CO2 emissions to the environment.

Direct injection coupled with turbo charging allows for the downsizing of engines that deliver improved torque and performance.  A small 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine has the capability of producing more torque than a larger 4-cylinder engine – nearly an entire liter larger in displacement – with better fuel efficiency. 

The real-world fuel economy benefit is consistent no matter the drive cycle, meaning the engine is efficient in the city as well as on the highway – unlike hybrids, which are most efficient in stop-and-go traffic.  In addition, customers who tow and haul – and have long turned to more expensive diesel powertrains for their superior towing capabilities – can find the engine performance they need from an EcoBoost powertrain.

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