In the wake of the green movement, eco-friendly hybrids, and other changes in the automotive industry to help protect the planet, Ford is making some unexpected changes in the area of diesel engines. These powerful engines have long been known to belch out noxious fumes. Have you ever followed a city bus and had to put your windows up to breathe?
Diesel engines are not just used in large vehicles, so it stands to reason that there should be some research and development going on in the area of reducing the carbon footprint left by these vehicles. Bloomington Ford is proud to be a part of the Ford Motor Company family for many reasons, the newest one being the FMC’s efforts to reduce pollution by creating better diesel engines.
What Will Change?
The new Ford 2.0 liter EcoBlue diesel engines will use a technology called selective catalytic reduction, or SCR, to reduce harmful emissions. Currently Ford diesel vehicles use lean NOx traps, or LNT to reduce the toxic fumes from the engine. The new EcoBlue engines will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 13% and offer a much quieter ride. SCR is much more effective than LNT, but it is also more expensive and more difficult to install in a vehicle.
SCR uses a urea tank that must be periodically refilled in order to reduce NOx emissions from engines. This is one reason many diesel automakers have delayed making changes from the maintenance free LNT system, but, with emissions regulations becoming stricter each year, it is time for automakers to step up their game. Ford is happy to pave the way!
The four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBlue diesel will first be installed into the Ford Transit van. This van is often used in delivery services, shuttle services, and trades applications. Consider how often a diesel delivery van is left running while a delivery is made. Think about the black cloud of pollution pumping out of the exhaust pipes here, there, and everywhere around the world, each and every day. Of course we need to make changes.
The new engine will have just as much power as the previous diesel engine, but will run quieter, produce fewer emissions, and improve fuel efficiency. These changes make this technology worth the cost to develop and install in all diesel vehicles.
Ford, Volkswagen, and Peugeot are the first automakers to begin working with this technology, and all of them are working to implement these new engines as soon as possible. While they are starting with larger vehicles, the EcoBlue engines featuring SCR technology will eventually be available in passenger cars and trucks as well.
So, you can’t exactly run out to your local Bloomington Ford and get a new EcoBlue Ford Transit van today, but it is coming. Not only will you help the planet, but you’ll also be saving money on fuel and enjoying a much quieter ride as you go about your business.