Ford’s EcoBoost technology, designed to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in petrol engines by up to 20 per cent, will be introduced to the Ford C-Max MPV when it is released later this year and is already available in a number of Ford models.
The Prince was shown a Ford S-Max with a 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine during his tour of the plant, which has received $2.7 billion in investment to create the lightweight, all-aluminium engine.
The most recent investment has been used to develop a 1.6-litre petrol engine featuring the EcoBoost technology and will be used for the first time in a Ford model when the C-Max goes on sale later this year.
The Prince has visited the Bridgend site before in 1998, and was a guest at the manufacturer’s Dunton Technical Centre in 2007, where he drove a low-CO2 petrol-powered Ford Focus prototype.
Joe Greenwell, Ford of Britain chairman, said: “We are delighted to welcome His Royal Highness back to Ford Bridgend on the plant’s 30thbirthday.
"The investment in these high-efficiency powerplants is vital to meet the current and future needs of our customers and the environment.”