Ford to re-cal 2013 hybrids, beef up engineering staff

  • 17-Jul-2013 01:54 EDT

Ford's calibration updates on 2013 hybrids aim to address customer complaints that their vehicles do not deliver the EPA fuel economy as advertised—47/47 mpg city/highway in the case of the C-MAX Hybrid (shown).

Ford on July 16 announced it will increase its electrification engineering workforce by this year 50% to 500 salaried employees and invest $50 million in electrified-vehicle development and testing centers in Dearborn. Among other things, it will double electrification battery-testing capabilities by the end of the year to 160 individual battery testing cells. The automaker also announced that it will make calibration updates to improve the real-world fuel economy for owners of the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, 2013 Fusion Hybrid, and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Calibration enhancements include:

• Increasing maximum pure-electric vehicle speed to 85 mph (137 km/h) from 62 mph (100 km/h)

• Shortening engine warm-up time by up to 50% to enable electric-only driving and engine shutdown at stops sooner after cold starts

• Optimizing the use of active grill shutters to reduce drag under more driving conditions

• Reducing electric fan speed as a function of coolant temperature

• Optimizing the climate-control system to minimize use of the air-conditioning compressor and reduce the energy used in cold-weather operation.

Owners will not be charged for the calibration updates.


HTML for Linking to Page
Page URL
Rate It
3.78 Avg. Rating

Read More Articles On

In Washington, DC, at the 2018 SAE Government/Industry meeting this week, cellular-communications giant AT&T affirmed in a session on connected-vehicle technology that it will launch ultra-fast mobile 5G service in limited areas sometime late this year.

Related Items

Training / Education
Technical Paper / Journal Article
Training / Education
Technical Paper / Journal Article
Training / Education