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Published on September 9th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


Ford “Green Zone” Gets The Most MPGs Out Of PHEVs

September 9th, 2014 by  


The Ford “Green Zone” system is being developed in conjunction with Nokia to allow drivers to get the most out of their plug-in hybrids. This system takes a look at all sorts of information and feeds it to the driver, allowing them to make their trips as efficient as possible, reports NBC News.

Ask the average American if they’re a good driver, and they’ll tell you that of course they are, it’s everybody ELSE that needs to learn to drive. Unfortunately, efficient driving techniques aren’t taught at most driving institutions, and hundreds of millions of gallons of gasoline are wasted as a result of poor driving practices.

Plug-in hybrids like the Ford Fusion Energi work best when their all-electric range is used for low-speed city driving, versus say the first few miles of highway travel. In its initial set up, the Green Zone suggests to drivers the best places to designate using battery power to save the most fuel, and they then set up their green zones via a website of navigation screen. However, Ford is planning to add additional algorithms that factor in real-time traffic congestion, tolls, and even the grade of the road itself in order to decide whether to use battery or gas power.

The system could even be used to make conventional cars drive more efficiently, though for now the Green Zone is far from perfect. There’s also the notion that not every driver will take kindly to advice from a computer telling them, a driver with DECADES behind the wheel, the best way to drive.

Still, it’s a nifty concept that could make even the most efficient cars that much more miserly with their fuel.

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  • Steve N

    In 5 years automated cars will be saving us an extra 15% on gas (unless of course you are electric). In 10 years they will be pretty much standard feature decreasing even more traffic congestion. In 15 you will be paying a premium to your insurance company to drive your own car. Nice work Ford keep us moving forward one step at a time.

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