The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has awarded Ford?s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in the ?Innovation in Car and Van Manufacturing? category at its annual Fleet Hero Awards.
The accolade from the respected carbon reduction organisation recognises manufacturers that are investing in innovation and new technologies to provide lower carbon vehicle options for fleet operators.
Ford was also recognised for its fuel saving technologies at the 2009 Fleet Hero Awards, following the launch of its low-carbon ECOnetic diesel-engined vehicles and the EcoBoost petrol engine range.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is now available in the Ford Fiesta, Focus, B-MAX, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX.
Ian Featherstone, transport knowledge manager at the EST and awards judge, commented: ?While alternatives to the internal combustion engine may be the future, existing technologies still have much to offer. Cutting edge, clever engineering like Ford?s EcoBoost has allowed a tiny engine to punch well above its weight and has reopened the debate about the relative merits of petrol and diesel.?
In November the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was revealed as the winner of the prestigious Dewar Trophy for outstanding British technical achievement in the automotive industry. This is in addition to the engine being awarded the title of ?International Engine of the Year?.
Steve Cropley, Dewar Technical Committee member and Editor-in-Chief of Autocar magazine added: ?Ford?s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine sets extraordinary new standards of efficiency, refinement and driver appeal ? and brings them to the mass of British drivers who buy and drive affordable cars.?
The engine?s innovations include two main engine drive belts, which are immersed in oil to ?ensure quieter, more efficient operation?.
An exhaust manifold, cast into the cylinder head, also helps to create an optimum fuel-to-air ratio across a wider rev band by lowering the temperature of exhaust gases.
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Written by David Sargant
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