The new Ford Hybrid to reach 47 MPG 0

The brand new hybrid car from Ford is expected to hit a staggering 47 MPG. According to Ford the new model will be America’s most fuel efficient non rechargeable sedan. That will be quite a title to live up to. The 47 MPG figure mentioned is more than that of the Toyota Prius plug in hybrid.

500 patents

Ford takes hybrid technology very seriously. In fact the American automotive giants have 500 patents in terms of hybrid technology.

Chuck Gray – Ford Engineer

Chuck Gray, Ford’s Chief Engineer of Global Core Engineering Hybrid and Electric vehicles has released a statement saying that Ford have never stopped investing in such technologies. He said “Ford continued to invest to develop new products like our new Fusion hybrids during the depths of the economic downturn. We succeeded in transforming our line up with leading fuel efficiency, thanks in part to the many Ford inventors who are helping make our Fusion Hybrid America’s most fuel-efficient sedan.”

Ming Kuang

Ming Kuang, 52, an investor in Ford hybrid technology has helped the amounts of patents grow from to just 10 in the year 2000 to almost 500. He is a technical leader at Ford’s Electrification Research and Advanced Engineering in vehicle controls. Out of the 500, 461 of them come under the hybrid category.

Kuang inventions are some of the most advanced technologies in the world. A statement released by him gave away that the future of the planet had greatly inspired him. He said “The work on the Fusion Hybrid is all about a commitment I made a long time ago to have a positive effect on our environment. It’s about helping make the world my children live in – and the world my children’s children will live in a better place.”

Powersplit architecture system

The patents include components of Ford’s powersplit architecture system which is placed on cars such as the brand new Ford Fusion Hybrid as well as the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid.

Persistence

It is quite remarkable how Ford managed to keep up the pace with research and technology even during the global economic downturn. Ford have continued to invest in hybrid technology and it is paying dividends.

Specification:

Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder, Atkinson cycle/ Permanent magnet AC synchronous
Transmission: Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT)
Wheelbase: 112.2 inches