How does your car’s fuel gauge work?

First let’s begin with the anatomy of a fuel gauge to see how it works.  There are two main parts: 1. Sender, which measures the level of fuel in the tank. 2. Gauge, which displays that level to the driver.  The sender, located in the fuel tank of the car, consists of a float, usually … Continue reading

Technology in Ford’s Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Ford vehicles are packed with technology, and their electric and hybrid vehicles are no exception.  Let’s start with the technology that helps these vehicles to be so fuel efficient.  One such technology is the high-voltage Nickel-Metal-Hydride battery found in all of Ford’s hybrid vehicles.  The battery allows the hybrids to deliver up to 50% better … 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

Week 1 of a First Time NEW Car Buyer

2012 Ford Focus SE Sport Hatchback

Want to know what it is really like to buy a new car?  Have any questions for a new car buyer?  Our new blog series is here to answer them.  Rebecca, Academy Ford’s Social Media Manager,  is here to share with you what it is really like to be a first time  new car buyer.  We … Continue reading

40 Mile High Club

In the automotive industry 40 is the new 30.  With the U.S. government setting a lofty goal for MPGs to 35.5 by 2015, Ford has taken this challenge and made concerted efforts to go above and beyond that goal.  Let’s take a look at the Ford model line up that will give you 40 MPGs or better … Continue reading

How to Save $ at the Pump, Part V

An Air Filter Change, is it necessary? If I told you that the Federal Trade Commission states that replacing air filters regularly can improve your car’s fuel efficiency up to 10 percent, would you say that it’s necessary? I think a lot of you would.   As we all deal with the out of control gas … Continue reading

Our First Look: 2013 Ford Taurus

Another 2013 model has arrived! The 2013 Ford Taurus is here! It is a SEL in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, a new color for this model year.  Very nice! If you want to check it out click here Now on to our breakdown of the new model year…. 2013 Ford Taurus Updates Best … Continue reading