Ford to double US FFV fleet

By Luke Geiver | April 15, 2010
Posted May 5, 2010

Ford Motor Co. will double the number of 2010 model year flex-fuel vehicles (FFV) produced in the U.S. Following a pledge in 2006 to increase the number of FFV's, a year in which Ford produced 185,000 FFV's, Ford will make roughly 370,000 light duty vehicles capable of using E85 blends by year's end. In 2012, the car manufacturer also hopes to expand its U.S. fleet of FFV's to 50 percent of production.

"Flex-fuel vehicles are a great alternative for our customers because they provide owners with the option to choose between using E85 and gasoline when filling up a car," said Sue Cischke, Ford's group vice president for sustainability, environment and safety engineering. "Ethanol and other biofuels also help reduce the country's dependence on imported oil."

"This is about choice at the pump, and an open market for transportation fuel," said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. "So while we commend Ford Motor Co. for the voluntary production of FFV's, we continue to urge Congress to pass legislation that will encourage all vehicles to be flex-fuel, and encourage the build out of infrastructure of pipelines and blender pumps."

Starting in 2016, companies such as Ford will no longer receive credits for FFV's. After the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with the U.S. EPA, announced a program to regulate GHG emissions and fuel economy in light duty vehicles, automakers will only have through 2015 to earn credits for FFV's. After 2015, automakers will be required to show E85 is being utilized.

"Flex-fuel vehicles are one of the many environmental technologies Ford is providing customers," Cischke said. "In addition to biofuels, we also are working on a range of other advanced fuel efficient technologies, including EcoBoost engines, six speed transmissions, clean diesel and electrified vehicles."

Ford will also continue to produce vehicles capable of running on bio-diesel and E85. The 2011 Super Duty will offer two options, a diesel engine that uses B-20 biodiesel, or an engine capable of using E85.