Methods for increasing light truck fuel economy by design efficiency are addressed for compliance with fuel economy and emission control standards. Aerodynamic and road load improvements, weight reduction, and powertrain selection and optimization are discussed, and engineering and manufacturing constraints are examined. Alternative powerplant technology being considered by Ford for light trucks in the 1980's includes improvements to current spark ignition gasoline engines, diesel engines, Ford PROCO (programmed combustion) engine, and turbocharging. Long-term powerplant alternatives and alternative fuels are mentioned. Appended is a description of Ford's Testing Operations Fuel Economy Program for modeling of a vehicle and powertrain to evaluate fuel economy and performance.

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    • Presented at SAE Truck Meeting, Dearborn, Michigan, 11-14 December 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • Bickerstaff, D J
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00399199
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 781063, HS-025 617U
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1985 12:00AM