Today In Ford History--feb. 15
On Feb. 15, 2000, the Ford F-Series pickup was named a “Greener Choice”—the only full-size truck included among the most environmentally friendly vehicles in the Green Book: The Environmental Guide to Cars and Trucks—Model Year 2000.
The annual Green Book and vehicle listing are produced by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which promotes energy efficiency as a means of linking economic prosperity and environmental protection.
The Green Book and ACEEE compare and rank vehicles from a holistic view of environmental performance. Actual emissions from a car or truck over its lifecycle are added to the emissions generated during production of the vehicle and fuel it uses. The F-Series is built at Ford assembly plants in Kansas City, Mo., Norfolk, Va., and Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
“We’re very pleased and proud that the positive environmental benefits of the F-150 have been recognized,” said Helen Petrauskas, former Ford vice president for Environmental and Safety Engineering. “It’s the best-selling vehicle in the United States, so the positive benefit is significant.”
The “Greener Choice” F-Series, a 4.2L 2-wheel-drive model, meets Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards, or 40 to 50 percent fewer smog-forming emissions than similar vehicles.
In fact, Ford pledged in 1999 that all Ford F-Series pickups, sport utilities and minivans would meet LEV standards.
“It’s just the right thing to do, and part of Ford’s ‘Cleaner, Safer, Sooner’ strategy for trucks,” said Gurminder Bedi, former vice president, North American Truck. “Our commitment is to genuine leadership, not mere compliance.”