Ford has been true to its word when it said it wanted to give consumers greener options. Now, it will also put on offer a diesel-engine-option for its commercial Transit vans. The said vans will also be available in the standard 3.5L Ecoboost V6. The new Transit van line is supposed to be more fuel-efficient than the company’s E-series by at least 25%. They should also be available in Kansas by 2013.
During the recently held Automotive Press Association talk held in Detroit, Ford’s North American Fleet, Lease and Remarketing Operations director said that the company will soon be offering a wider range of options to make sure that their customers are able to reduce their operating costs, and be more environmentally friendly. Among the new options include CNG/LPG, biodiesel, battery-electric, hybrid, and more alternative-fuel options.
In line with this, the eco-friendly car company has also produced a new tool to help their consumers make more grounded and real decisions about their fleets. They have created the Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Cost Calculator. This way, consumers who are purchasing more than one van can know how much it would cost to maintain their newly purchased Transit vans, and how much carbon impact they would make on the planet as well.
The tool is very impressive because it also factors in your operations location. Not many people know that an electric car in Philadephia has a completely different environmental ramification from an electric car in Portland. Ford’s tool can demonstrate this in clear numbers.
It must be noted that Ford is a major seller of commercial vans. Their E-series has been selling like hotcakes for 32 years. Its market share has only continued to grow even with the onset of edgy competitors exploring the same niche. The E-series vans are currently being offered in CNG/LPG gaseous engine prep package fuel systems or flex fuel systems.