Data released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that since 2005, Ford Motor Company has improved its fuel economy averages more than any other automaker. According to the EPA report, Ford has upped its combined car and truck mpg average by nearly 20 percent; almost double that of the next closest competitor. Coincident with that economy gain, Ford also topped all makers when it came to decreasing CO2 tailpipe emissions. Its 2009 fleet-wide average of 434 grams/mile was 37 grams below the 2007 number and 25 under its 2008 figure.
According to Ford, the biggest contributors to these gains came as the result of the introduction of the its Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids coupled with numerous incremental aerodynamic, mechanical, energy management and weight-saving improvements across the entire lineup. Going forward, it expects the 2009 introduction of the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids and the arrival of its mileage-maxing EcoBoost engines and new six-speed automatic transmissions to ratchet those stats up even further. By 2013, Ford projects that over 90 percent of its vehicles will offer EcoBoost engine technology and almost 100 percent will come with six-speed transmissions.
Looking ahead, Nancy Gioia, Ford director of Global Electrification sees next-generation hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure battery-powered vehicles as the automaker's "logical next steps in our pursuit of greater fuel economy and sustainability. A growing number of consumers want that kind of choice, and we want to be in a position to deliver it to them across multiple vehicle categories."