This week the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, revealed a new projected including Government grants to support investments in fuel-efficient technologies. The project is focusing its attention on Ford’s Ecoboost engine and aims to accelerate the introduction of future-generation low carbon technologies.
These technologies are set to include advanced turbocharging, advanced combustion system development and variable valvetrain technology – all created in order to cut down the CO2 outputs of new cars for sale.
In the long term, Ford is aiming to invest a total of £100 million into its Ecoboost range. The new £13.1 million grant received from the Government will be invested by Ford towards new research and development at its Dunton Technical Centre. During its work here, Ford will collaborate with as many as eleven partners who include BP, Continental and several British universities.
The 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine has undoubtedly been a huge success for Ford since its first arrival. The unit is available currently on several Ford cars including the Fiesta, Focus and B-MAX. The 1.0-litre Ecoboost is also available for the current Ford C-Max and Transit Connect.
Mixing competitive performance with low running costs, the 1.0-litre Ecoboost has twice been crowned International Engine of the Year, for 2012 and 2013.
Commenting on Ford’s latest investment, Vince Cable said: “We’re backing this research and development project to help the UK stay at the forefront of low carbon engine technology. The next generation of cars, buses and diggers will be powered by radically different technologies and I want them to be developed here in Britain."
“Over the last few decades the British car industry has been transformed and today a new vehicle rolls off a UK production line every 20 seconds."
The chairman and managing director of Ford of Britain, Mark Ovenden, said: “As well as benefitting UK industry, this project will see direct benefits for consumers through even further improved engine efficiency – reduced CO2 emissions and improved performance."
For the last few years development and engineering of the Ford 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine has been centred at Ford’s engine plant in Dagenham. The strong popularity of the petrol engine has seen more than 34 per cent of UK Ford customers select this as their petrol engine of choice in its various applications.