But will it help?
In the never-ending attempt to make its vehicles more fuel efficient, Ford thinks it has the answer for its EcoBoost-powered F-150 pickup trucks. In a recent announcement, the automaker reported that it would be fitting all turbocharged F-150 pickup trucks with start-stop technology as standard. Yes, that includes the new SVT Raptor. Ford isn’t the first truck automaker to fit its vehicles with automatic start-stop technology, nor is it the first time that Ford has offered the technology on its trucks. But is it the right thing to do?
By equipping auto start-stop technology to its EcoBoost-powered F-150 pickup trucks, Ford expects an increase of roughly 60-percent in fuel economy of the F-150 pickup trucks it sells. There’s no word on how much of a boost the pickup trucks will get, but it will surely save fuel and reduce emissions. By 2017, Ford will offer three EcoBoost turbocharged engine options for the F-150: a 2.7-liter engine, a 3.5-liter engine and a high-performance 3.5-liter version for the Raptor. Even with the auto start-stop technology in place, owners will have the ability to turn it off by placing the truck into its tow or four-wheel drive mode.
The next obvious move would be to equip the start-stop technology to other EcoBoost-powered cars, but Ford has only released information on its F-150 pickup trucks as of right now.