Ford says it has hit a milestone: 2 million turbocharged EcoBoost engines.
Now it’s making more than 100,000 of the little gas savers a month, up from in 2012. The engine didn’t come along until 2009.
While a gas-saving engine might sound like a no-brainer, it hasn’t been an entirely easy journey. Turbocharged engines cost more, but make up the savings at the pump faster than other technologies, like hybrids. It also took some convincing to get pickup truck owners to see the benefits of a turbocharged V-6, rather than a V-8 engine, but that, too, has been one of the big successes.
Ford EcoBoost engines deliver up to 20 percent better fuel economy than larger-displacement gasoline engines.
“Ford EcoBoost delivers great performance with lower fuel bills, a recipe that is proving incredibly popular with consumers around the world,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, powertrain engineering for Ford, in a statement. “EcoBoost engines are attracting new customers to the Ford brand.”
A Ford Escape powered by the two millionth production EcoBoost – a 2-liter unit – rolled off the line at Ford’s Louisville, Ky.
They come in a variety of different sizes. They include the new 1-liter, coming to the Fiesta subcompact in the U.S., the 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter, 2-liter and 3.5-liter.
EcoBoost engines will be offered on eight out of 10 of the vehicle brands that Ford offers by the end of the year.