CEO Discusses Development of Long-Range Ford EV to Rival Tesla, Chevy

With the Tesla 3 and Chevy Bolt grabbing headlines – you know it’s only a matter of time until Ford puts out their own long-range electric vehicle, likely a model that will best the competition with the very latest fuel efficiency technology.

In a recent conference call with investors, Ford CEO Mark Fields commented on the auto company’s future, concerning electric vehicles with more than 200 miles of range, saying, “When you look at some of the competitors and what they’ve announced, clearly, that’s something we’re developing for.”

Of course, Fields didn’t elaborate much on those development plans, but it’s safe to assume that a long-range Ford EV is in the works to be released sometime in the next few years or so, if not sooner.

Fields expanded in the conference call, saying that Ford aims to always be “among the leaders or in a leadership position” when it comes to the hottest vehicle tech, a statement backed up by years of top-notch Ford sales.

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information on the 200-plus mile range Ford EV, and in in the meantime, visit us anytime at Mangold Ford to check out the Ford models we have in store.

Driving Tips for Saving Fuel

There are lots of ways to save fuel that have nothing to do with driving, including driving less, and keeping good care of your car. But there are also lots of ways to modify your driving style in such a way as to increase your mileage. In fact, it’s possibly the best way to improve your fuel economy. Let’s look at some of the best driving tips for saving fuel.

  • Go easy on the pedals. Accelerate and brake smoothly, taking longer distances to do both. By keeping revs low, this is the single most effective way of improving fuel economy. As a bonus, it’ll also decrease tire and brake wear.
  • Drive slowly. No, you don’t have to be as slow as a snail (though you would indeed save lots of fuel that way). For every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph, fuel efficiency drops significantly. So if you’re used to driving 80 mph on the highway, getting back down to the speed limit will have more benefits other than making you a smaller target for police officers.
  • Manage the A/C. At low speeds, the engine can’t run the A/C compressor as efficiently as possible. Roll the windows down and keep the A/C off. At high speeds, when the compressor is finally running efficiently and open windows generate too much air resistance, do the opposite.

DIY Maintenance: How to Do a Coolant Flush

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After a while, coolant starts to accumulate foreign debris, in which case it can no longer do its job right. Coolant is one of the most important parts of the car, so you have to make sure your coolant is working at full capacity and that you know how to do a coolant flush.

Coolant should be drained completely and replaced about once every two years. Make sure you buy the right kind of coolant and properly dilute it with water to about 50/50 or at most 70 antifreeze/30 water. The car should be cool.

To flush the coolant system, just climb under your car, find the drain plug, slide a pan underneath it, and pull out the plug. Then, take the cap off the coolant under the hood so the fluid drains faster. Rinse with water to make sure any debris has been removed.

Once the system is totally drained, put the plug back in the bottom and pour the diluted coolant mixture into the reservoir so it’s about an inch below the neck. Turn the car on and let the coolant heat up, then add fluid until it meets the fill line. Put the radiator cap back on.

Ford Electrified Vehicle Solutions: $4.5 Billion in Green Design

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Ford recently souped-up its investment in alternative energy solutions. In fact, the company invested a whopping $4.5 billion in electrified vehicle solutions – you heard right. This is one of the biggest investments the company has allotted for this area, revealing just how committed Ford is to eco-friendly solutions.

According to Ford, the brand will add 13 new electrified vehicles to its lineup by 2020, meaning that more than 40% of the company’s tried-and-true models will get an electric version. Ford electrified vehicle solutions will focus on fast charging and new designs as well.

“The challenge going forward isn’t who provides the most technology in a vehicle but who best organizes that technology in a way that most excites and delights people,” said Raj Nair, executive vice president, Product Development. “By observing consumers, we can better understand which features and strengths users truly use and value and create even better experiences for them going forward.”

By later this year, you’ll already see the results. This includes the new Focus Electric with SmartGauge, EcoGuide, Brake Coach, and other great technologies. We can’t see what the company does next with green design.

Winter Service Tips

 

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Winter is here and that means it’s time to prep your car, if you haven’t already, that is. The proper preparation can allow you to make through another winter without an expensive repair or any major problems. Take it from us here at Mangold Ford! Here are some winter service tips to keep your car in pristine condition during the coldest time of the year.

  • Replace Filters. Keeping your engine in tip top shape requires good ventilation. Clogged, dirty filters simply won’t work. Be sure to replace the air, fuel, and PCV filters at least twice a year. Doing so will result in an overall better running engine and better fuel economy as well.
  • Check Your Battery. Unless you want to risk getting caught with a dead battery, it’s a good idea to have it checked by a professional. Routine battery care is relatively easy. Be sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection in case of leaks. Clean the surfaces, remove corrosion, check the fluid level if possible, and retighten the connections. If you spot problems, don’t risk it. Just replace the battery.
  • Take Care of Routine Maintenance. Be sure you’re keeping up to date with routine maintenance like oil changes and tire rotations. Missing the routine stuff will hurt you and your wallet in the end!

How Do Catalytic Converters Work?

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The catalytic converter is one of the most important car parts for reducing emissions in cars. Vehicles produce lots of exhaust from the burning fuel, and the catalytic converter converts these harmful exhaust products into less pollutant gases. So how do catalytic converters work?

A catalyst is a substance that causes or speeds up a chemical reaction. In a catalytic converter, there are two types of catalysts, a reduction catalyst and an oxidation catalyst, both of which are ceramic structures covered in a kind of metal that causes a chemical reaction like aluminum and rhodium. Sometimes gold is used, as it’s thought to increase oxidation by up to 40%. Oxidation is the process by which pollutants in the exhaust are reduced.

Reduction is the first stage of the converter and reduces nitrogen levels by using the catalyst to separate the NO2 molecules from each other, freeing up the oxygen molecules. Oxidation is the second step in this process, reducing carbon monoxide by burning it, which lets it bond with other oxygen molecules to become carbon dioxide.

Ford Wireless Technology

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Ford is using the latest research from St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University to advance Ford wireless technology in future vehicles. The large-scale research project, performed jointly by Ford and St. Petersburg, was aimed at improving vehicle technologies and utilized the university’s expertise in space robot communications. Ford has filed several patents based on the results of the research that will help to develop the technology in connected cars.

The research project developed a prototype for a data communication system that collected data from moving vehicles “using a variety of capabilities for a connection to the cloud—cellular, Wi-Fi, and communication with other vehicles.” Researches used an algorithm to select the most viable type of connection and plotted the degrees of connectivity on a map. From here they sent information about road emergencies to drivers in areas where connection was shoddy.

In the future they hope to develop a map that will be constantly updated with current connectivity and will “act as a database for smart roads and smart city projects.”

Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado

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When it comes to American pickup trucks, the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado are longtime rivals. Beyond brand loyalty, it can be difficult to decide which is the better truck for you, so we’ve compared the two side by side.

Engine and Performance

The Ford F-150 is the clear winner when it comes to the engine and performance. The F-150’s EcoBoost V6 engine is more powerful than the Silverado’s engine in terms of horsepower and torque and it gets better gas mileage.

Interior and Technology

The F-150 also wins in the technology category, as it has more features and innovations than the Silverado. The Silverado has a larger and slightly quieter interior, giving it some points over the F-150, but the abundant amenities of the F-150 make it at least equally as comfortable as the Silverado.

Conclusion

Winning almost every category you can compare them in, the Ford F-150 is our pick for the superior truck, and it’s no surprise, since the Ford F-150 has been America’s favorite truck for decades and is the best-selling truck of all time. While the Silverado sells for slightly less, you get more bang for your buck with the abundant amenities and superior performance of the F-150.

Ford Carbon Fiber Wheels are First of Their Kind

Ford engineers have made some groundbreaking new upgrades to make Ford vehicles stand out above the rest. Recently, the company developed the first mass produced carbon fiber wheels, a high-strength lightweight alternative to steel and aluminum. Believe it or not, these wheels are up to 60 lbs lighter than aluminum alloys.

According to Ford, the Ford carbon fiber wheels were developed specially for the new Shelby Mustang GT350R model, but will eventually be offered for most of the lineup. Each wheel is specially coated in ceramic plasma for extra protection, a process used by NASA on space shuttles.

“The GT350R wheels and tires were developed to be the most track-capable parts we’ve ever produced,” said Adam Wirth, chassis supervisor for Ford Performance. “The carbon fiber wheels reduce vehicle weight by 60 pounds compared to aluminum, yet are stiffer for better steering response.”

Why carbon fiber? In the past, carbon fiber was hard to make and especially expensive for cars; however, thanks to a recent partnership with a carbon fiber supplier, Ford can now make carbon fiber cheaper and in larger quantities than ever. We can’t see what the innovative engineers at Ford come up with next.

Air Conditioning vs. Windows Down: Which is More Efficient?

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Sometimes when it’s warm outside, all people want to do is get cool as fast as possible. Believe it or not, driving with your air conditioner on can be more efficient than driving with your windows down, depending on the situation, and vice versa. We’ve decided to shed some light on the classic air conditioning vs. windows down debate.

According to Discovery, context is everything. Determining which method is better means looking at efficiency and drag. Using the air conditioner will lower your car’s efficiency because it takes power away from the engine. Though it varies from model to model, having the A/C on generally reduces efficiency by a whopping 10%.

When considering your windows, drag is everything. Most vehicles are incredibly aerodynamic – with the windows up. That means at high speeds, having your windows down could increase drag substantially. When on the highway, having all your windows down could increase drag, ergo reducing efficiency by more than 15%.

So which is better? When driving at low speeds, roll your windows down. In town, you probably won’t notice much of a difference. On the highway, sticking to the A/C may actually save you money in the long run.