Ford moving to Ethanol fuel - E85

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  1. Ben W

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    Ford sizes up with Super Chief
    by Wilmer Muller
    11/01/2006 15:39

    Bigger is better they say, and Ford has given a fresh take on this thought with its F-250 Super Chief concept which steamed in at the Detroit Motor Show.

    With the Super Chief concept, Ford is sizing up its future line-up of pickup trucks as it hints at what to expect from the next generation F-Series bakkies, due for introduction in 2008.

    This massive bakkie is in your face and looks like a locomotive. In fact, it takes its name from cross-country luxury trains that ran on the US tracks from 1937 to 1971.

    It is also like a block of concrete sitting on 24-inch wheels. However, it gives a glimpse of what to expect from Ford's future pickup trucks.

    But of even more significance is the Super Chief's unique tri-fuel engine, which is a supercharged V10 that can run on hydrogen, E85 ethanol or petrol. Ford claims that this truck has a range of about 800 km between fill-ups.

    The Super Chief's cabin is a showcase of luxury and it is finished off with American walnut, brown leather and aluminum trim.

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    50 gallon fuel tank?
     
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    Looks like a Nisson.
     
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    Nissan
     
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    I would be fine with ethanol for a fuel, if the govt. does not subsidize it and they keep it away from gasoline. But huge fuel tanks will be necessary.
     
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    If it was designed to run on 100% alcohol the compression ratio could be raised to increase fuel effency.
     
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    tri fuel eh? wow. I like the way they think. I dont think a 50 gallon fuel tank is usuable to the average consumer. I dont want to have to obtain financing for a tank of gas. Nonetheless, all steps in the right direction!
     
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    A given quantity of alcohol contains far less heat potential than gasoline or diesel fuel, so no matter the efficiency of the final engine, very large fuel tanks will be necessary.
     
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    I'm still trying to get over "bakkies."

    S'up, mate?
     

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