Hybrid or Electric F150s? Maybe, just not yet.

The new Atlas Concept that Ford Motor Co. unveiled at Detroit revealed several interesting technologies that altogether could save fuel: active grille shutters, active wheel shutters, a drop-down air dam, and power running boards.  Then Raj Nair Group Vice President, Global Product Development of Ford Motor Company stated that that Ford expects “an increase in electrification across segments,” … Continue reading

What will Ford think of next?

In an interview at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mark Fields, Ford’s head of the Americas, said, “We’re thinking more and more like not only a car company, but a technology company.”  There is no doubt that Ford is the most innovative automobile company today, demonstrated by their recognition as the only full-line automaker in … Continue reading

10 Reasons to Consider Buying an Electric or Hybrid Car

Hybrids are most beneficial to those who live in urban areas with a lot of slow driving because it uses its electric motor when you drive slowly or come to a stop.  The electric motors found in electric and hybrid cars are quieter than gasoline engines. Service and maintenance costs are less expensive for electric … Continue reading

Ford Electrified Vehicle Lineup

Ford offers five different electric vehicles.  Both the C-MAX and Fusion come in hybrid and plug-in hybrid varieties, and the Focus Electric is an all-electric vehicle.  You can read more about these vehicles here. All-Electric An electric car is great for the environment, because it produces almost no pollution.  It can also go very fast.  … Continue reading

10 Factors That Can Affect Your Vehicle’s MPG

Does your vehicle seem to have a lower fuel economy than it is reported to have?  You may be surprised by how many factors can affect the MPG of your vehicle.  Some fuels contain less energy than others.  Oxygenated fuels, reformulated gasoline (RFG), and gasoline with ethanol in it can all decrease MPG.  Also, your … Continue reading

What is MPGe?

The new Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid recently received an EPA rating of up to 108 MPGe for city driving, making it America’s most fuel-efficient sedan.  You know that MPG stands for miles per gallon, but what is MPGe?  MPGe stands for miles per gallon equivalent and is being used by the EPA to report … Continue reading

Customer Spotlight: Smiley

Smiley and Tom, our General Manager, with the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

We interrupt our previous scheduled programming (Fall Auto DIY #5, it will now be posted next Sunday) to bring you, Customer Spotlight Issue #4. Check out the other customer spotlights here. Today we introduce you to Smiley a familiar, friendly face around Academy Ford. Smiley has been a loyal customer to Academy Ford. He has … Continue reading

The ALL-NEW 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid is Coming Soon

The C-MAX Hybrid is the start of something new at Ford.  It is the first installment of the all-Hybrid vehicle line from Ford.  The C-MAX Hybrid combines the familiar Ford luxuries of advanced technology and interior versatility with a new lithium-ion battery system and the next-generation Ford hybrid-electric power split architecture.   Ford has designed … Continue reading