As an automotive manufacturer, Ford is always on the forefront of furthering mobility. Ford employees are stepping up to the plate to do their part. The Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge takes submissions for personal assistant devices from Ford employees. The challenge received more than 600 submissions in 2016, which was an annual record. The short list of finalists rounds out to an impressive lineup of mobility inventions.
Carr-E, created by Killian Vas of Germany, can transport up to 260 lbs. and travel up to 14 miles. The four-wheeled device also has a top speed of 11 mph. Place an item on the device and it will follow an electronic transmitter.
TriCiti, created by James Neugebauer, Torsten Gerhardt, and Robert Spahl, is a rideable device and carrying assistant. The machine can be modified to carrying groceries, golf bags, and more. It boasts a 19-mile range and a top speed of up to 12 mph.
The EChair, developed by Gunther Cuypers, Robin Celis, and David Longin, is an electric wheelchair with a twist. This particular invention can load itself into a vehicle. That alone offers more independence to those with limited mobility.
We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville are happy to see Ford employees taking the initiative when it comes to furthering mobility!
We at Shults Ford Harmarville are thrilled to hear the rumors of Ford’s new diesel-powered F-150.
Why do we believe that there will be a new diesel F-150? Well, there a few reasons, but one is the fact that there is an emissions calibration sticker. This sticker indicates the engine’s displacement. The sticker number is currently listed as JFC1-3.0-966, and the 3.0 identifies a 3.0-liter engine under the hood. While that does not confirm that it is diesel, the Jaguar Land Rover vehicles use a 3.0-liter diesel engine, which could be similar.
Of course the most compelling piece of evidence is the sound of the diesel F-150. Diesel clatter is a distinctive noise, one that is very recognizable. The other good news about this particular noise is that it does sound different than the Ford Transit’s 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel engine. Although the Transit engine is great, the Ford-150 needs a stronger engine for the heavy-duty hauling ability.
For now, we will just have to wait for confirmation, but we promise to keep you updated as more news appears!
Friends, music, camping–music festivals bring together everything in life that makes it worth living. And the 2016 music festivals in Pennsylvania are diverse enough to ensure that everyone has a great experience.
Camp Bisco – Scranton
Date: July 14-16
Located at Montage Mountain, Camp Bisco is in its 14th year and going strong. This festival features brilliants artists in the electronica realm. Headliners include: The Discobiscuits, Odesza, Zeds Dead and RL Grime.
Catskill Chill – Lakewood
Date: September 23-25
The Catskill Chill features the best jams this side of the Mississippi. Take in the sounds of headliners like Greensky Bluegrass, Mike Gordon (Phish Bassist), Dopapod and Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, a band that performs bluegrass versions of all of your favorite Grateful Dead tunes.
Rock Allegiance – Philadelphia
Date: September 17-18
Granted, there’s no camping at the Rock Allegiance festival but the quality of the lineup more than makes up for it. If you are child of the 90s, you should feel right at home rocking out to Slayer, The Offspring and Anthrax.
It may not blow your hair back like an illegal street race but hypermiling also won’t put your life, or your license, at risk. It’s just a fun and challenging game to save money.
The goal of the game is simple: beat the EPA-estimated fuel efficiency numbers for your vehicle. But since many people find this too easy, the goal simply becomes to see how high you can go!
There are distinct hypermiling techniques for accomplishing the goal. The number one technique is slow and easy acceleration. You use considerably more fuel getting up to speed as compared to maintaining speed. That being said, traveling beyond 55 mph will also cause your efficiency to diminish.
Another technique is to eliminate unnecessary braking, which is largely caused by lack of awareness of traffic. A lot of people accelerate madly without realizing that they may need to brake soon. Hypermiling is all about anticipating what’s ahead because braking and then having to accelerate again uses more fuel.
There are other ways you can save fuel. For instance, avoid idling for too long. Underinflated tires may also cost your more fuel. Coasting down hills or coasting to upcoming red lights can be helpful.
Technology is your friend when it comes to hypermiling. Use an app like Fuel Buddy to keep track of your mileage!
2016 is proving to be a successful year so far for auto brands, with Ford enjoying record-breaking profits. Strong truck and SUV sales all across the globe have led to the company’s profits doubling to $2.5 billion in the first quarter of 2016 alone, after taxes. Ford representatives say the brand already plans to surpass 2015’s pretax profit of $10.8 billion.
Ford currently ranks as the number two carmaker in America, but that’s swiftly changing as the brand’s popularity skyrockets in the face of low gas prices and high sales numbers. Over the course of the company’s entire history, which has now spanned over 112 years, Ford has never seen a first quarter quite as profitable as this one. With $3.8 billion before taxes for this quarter, sales are above and beyond what the brand could’ve predicted.
Worldwide sales rose to 1.7 million units for the first quarter — a 10 percent increase. Demand for SUVs drastically increased in North America, China, and Europe, with China’s sales numbers going up by 38 percent. In the United States, F-series trucks, the Explorer, and the Transit enjoyed dramatic increases in sales.
In addition to great sales, Ford’s shares have also jumped, due to shareholders more heavily investing in the brand following their announcement to develop a 200-mile electric vehicle to rival the upcoming Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt. Because of this, shares rose 50 cents to $14.16.
Ford analysts had predicted to make revenue of $35.59 billion, with actual revenue coming out to $37.7 billion — over a 2 billion dollar surplus. Unprecedented truck and SUV sales considerably contributed to the drastic change for the better, while Ford continues to look forward to a brighter and more successful future the rest of the year.
We at Shults Ford of Harmarville know how important it is to stay connected when on the road. Technology can be used for navigation assistance, hands-free calling, and many other convenient features.
Ford has recently announced the first Ford vehicle with Apple CarPlay, the iPhone-connected CarPlay system. This vehicle will be the 2017 Ford Escape, which goes on sale this May. We have known since January that Ford was working on this connective technology, but now we have a first official release vehicle.
Ford stated that this technology will make the ownership experience easier, through features such as remote door lock and remote start. These vehicle features are available with the new FordPass platform. The Escape will also be the first vehicle to offer SYNC3, which features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The SYNC Connect option will also help with “driver-assist” technology, such as parking, and lane control. With CarPlay, drivers with iPhones can use iOS features through the dashboard display.
If you recently bought a Ford though, do not worry. Several of the 2016 models will be able to update the technology to use CarPlay through an upcoming software update.
If you are interested to see all the great connected options found on Ford vehicles, stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville!
Ford is working hard to protect those who serve us. Ford is the leading maker of police vehicles, and has been testing new technologies and materials to make improvements to its vehicles.
Police vehicles need strong protection, especially in the doors. During a high-risk stop, police will often crouch behind their car doors. Therefore, the material in the door needs to be strong enough to protect officers from bullets and even high-powered assault weapons.
Safety has been increased, thanks to engineering work done by Ford. The doors have been upgraded, despite the challenge of finding a light, yet durable material. This project has been in the works for over a year, as Ford was determined to make the vehicles safer.
Now, the doors have two layers of protection. One layer is a Kevlar-type material, and the second layer is ceramic tiles. These two materials combined create a strong door able to stop bullets. The doors were tested by machines, performing over 100,000 slams to make sure the hinges can support the extra weight.
The new doors are successful, and the upgraded police vehicles will be going on sale soon. There are already many orders by police departments for these safer vehicles. We at Shults Ford of Harmarville are appreciative of the commitment made to keeping police squads safe on the job by Ford improving police vehicles.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you have to panic when it comes to finding the right gift for the auto lover in your life. There are tons of great presents to consider, from tools to fun road trips.
According to Safelite, one of the best Valentine Day auto gifts is a Bluetooth headset or adapter. Although most new cars come with this system integrated in, if someone doesn’t already have Bluetooth, it is a must-have item. It lets individuals drive and talk on the phone while keeping both hands on the wheel, perfect for someone who travels a lot.
Maintenance items also make great gifts. These include things like premium oil, washer fluids, car wash formula, and even tires or wipers. Providing a car lover with an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get to work is a perfect present.
High-tech presents include things like satellite radio and remote car starters. Many cars come with satellite radio capabilities, but the subscription runs out. You can either renew it, or opt for an entirely new system in general. Remote car starters are great for people that are always in a rush.
Other ideas include a road trip, whether it is for a day or a week, or even racecar driving experience. Many tracks offer ride-alongs, and some brands like Ferrari and BMW even offer driving lessons at certain times of the year if you are lucky enough to make it to one.
Many New Year’s resolutions are to shed some pounds during 2016, but maybe it is time to apply that attitude towards your vehicle. Making your car lighter is a great way to save some money on gas and to lower your emissions output. It is simple physics: a lighter car tends to have better performance.
According to eHow, there are several ways to make your car lighter. The first thing you can do is to clean it out and remove any unnecessary weight. Get rid of all the trash, and try not to use your vehicle as storage. Keeping your car spotless could make a serious difference.
For those looking to cut more weight, you can remove seats fairly simply by using a socket set and screwdriver. Power seats are especially heavy because they have an added electric motor. Rear seats are usually the first to go, and can help you shed as much as 140 lbs.
Does your car have added bodywork? If you know you don’t need it, take it off. This includes things like fiberglass aero-skirts and front air dams. While these may claim to increase aerodynamics, many added parts like these simply add pounds.
The best thing you can do, though expensive, it to replace steel body panels with carbon fiber and aluminum. This can drastically change the vehicle’s weight and characteristics. If you still have steel wheels, you should consider upgrading to aluminum wheels to shed hundreds of pounds.
For more info on how to safely remove weight from your car, visit the Shults Ford of Harmarville Service Center.
Ford has recently announced a partnership with Apple that will integrate the fruit monikered company’s CarPlay system into Ford’s new Sync 3 interface coming to the US market by the end of 2015.
So what’s so great about CarPlay? Essentially, it takes all of the information on your iPhone – direction apps, the ability to send orreceive messages, and your music – then puts it onto the built-in dash display providing a safer way to utilize your phone while driving.
However, don’t expect to get pigeonholed by the blue oval!
In an ever-diplomatic move, the Ford CarPlay partnership does not negate other OS options available to consumers. “We want to make sure you are not pushed into a decision on a $40,000 car based on your $200 smartphone,” said Ford CTO Raj Nair.
So rest assured, if you want to use Google Maps for navigation while listening to Sirius radio via Ford’s SYNC in-car infotainment system – you can!
Whether you are an Apple junkie or devout Android fan, our Sync interface will cater to your preferences! Be sure to come visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville to see the newest lineup of Fords.