Ford will usher in a new era for clean diesel engines in America when it introduces the all-new 2008 F-Series Super Duty pickup early next year. The truck's new 6.4-liter Powerstroke Diesel engine will be Ford’s cleanest, quietest pickup diesel ever – with particulate emissions equivalent to a gasoline engine.
“Ford has built its truck reputation on innovation in design, capability and durability,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas, who will unveil the new pickup at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas on Sept. 28. “Clean diesel power will bring even more capability to our new Super Duty pickup – along with a new level of quietness and refinement. It’s what you would expect from America’s truck leader for nearly 30 years, and it’s the sort of innovation you will see throughout our product lineup going forward.”
The all new Power Stroke diesel engine will displace 6.4-liters, which is an increase in displacement from the current 6.0-liter V-8. It will be the first pickup engine in North America to use a high precision, high pressure, common-rail fuel injection system featuring piezo-electric injectors. These advanced injectors allow ultra precise timing of fuel injection for quietness and better emissions.
The new 6.4-liter Powerstroke features advanced emissions equipment, including a new diesel particulate filter that scrubs black smoke from exhaust gases and that periodically cleans itself via advanced engine controls.
Since 2001, U.S. diesel truck registrations have increased from about 400,000 vehicles in 2001 to more than 500,000 today, and Ford has long been the industry leader, selling 1.3 million diesel-powered F-Series pickups in the U.S. since 2001. On an annual basis, Ford sells more diesel-powered pickup trucks than Chevrolet and Dodge combined. Nearly three-quarters of all Ford Super Duty trucks are sold with the Powerstroke diesel.
The advanced 6.4-liter Powerstroke diesel will use a new ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel. This new ultra low-sulfur fuel now makes it possible for Ford to sell the same sophisticated diesel engines in North America that have fueled the growth of the European diesel market. Today, nearly 47 percent of all light vehicles sold in Europe are diesels.
Since diesel engines consume less fuel per mile than conventional gasoline engines and are able to extract more energy from a given quantity of fuel, they can help reduce CO2 emissions.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a 30 percent penetration of clean diesel technology in the U.S. passenger vehicle market by 2020 would reduce net crude oil imports by 350,000 barrels per day.
In addition, the EPA estimates that emissions of particulate matter will be reduced by 250,000 tons per year, and emissions of NOx will be reduced by 4 million tons per year, when the entire U.S. diesel engine fleet has been fully turned over to clean diesel technology by 2030.
The new fuel will be available nationwide on October 1, and will be compatible with the Super Duty trucks that are already on the road, including models with the 6.0-liter and 7.3-liter Powerstroke diesel engines.