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“More efficient” is the operative phrase when thinking “development” in the car industry. Not surprisingly, Ford motor company is leading the pack in developing lines of high-end gas-efficient engines. Assumedly, research and execution on these innovations is on the rise in answer to an unstable oil market. As crude oil prices have seen a number of volatile sessions, consumers of fuel have felt the pinch.
Because of the race for sustainable and affordable energy, Ford has stepped up manufacturing of gas efficient motors. The most ironic element of this push from Ford is that Ford is perhaps the chief manufacturer of diesel engines in America. This shift in the auto maker’s activity indicates a trend that could slow diesel manufacturing.
Recently, there have arisen a number of movements giving credence for exclusively manufacturing diesel engines. The idea behind this push is that diesel engines are more versatile, can process a number of different fuel types and are noted for superior economical properties. However, these new developments are helping the gas-engine industry close the gap in fuel efficiency between the two.
Although gas engines depend on crude oil, the amount of oil consumption is reduced when engines become more efficient. According to experts, the pull power of gas engines is improving to be comparable to that of diesel engines. These factors have, perhaps, encouraged Ford into recent moves in developing fuel-efficient gasoline engines.
The chief factor in these moves by Ford is most likely pressure from the federal government in regard to fuel efficiency standards. Another factor is the cost of hybridization compared to the cost of converting to diesel. The difference in added costs can exceed $3,500.
Purchase of diesel engines have been on the rise, in spite of the gains for gasoline engines. Part of the influence in that change is the dramatic results in fuel economy of European diesel engines. There are a few auto makers boasting 78 miles per gallon with cars running on diesel fuel.
Ford and GM have a market share in Europe for selling diesel engines. They are quite profitable in doing so. But, both auto makers are claiming growing popularity in fuel efficient gasoline engines. And, all experts agree that diesel engines are too expensive to stem the growth of popularity in fuel-efficient gasoline engines.Thus, the biggest problem is that production of diesel engines is hopelessly uneconomical.