No one’;s going to confuse the massively well-known Ford F-150 pickup truck with a green car, but at least it performs properly in an environmental sense when in contrast to its brethren. The Automotive Science Group (ASG) took on the odd (to us, at least) activity of measuring which pickup trucks are friendliest to the environment and located that the large seller in the Blue Oval’;s flagship F-series came up massive, whilst the Toyota Tacoma came up, nicely, somewhat smaller sized. Which is a great thing.
Between the 245 light-duty trucks that ASG studied, the 3.6-liter V6-powered F-150 won ASG’;s award for complete-size trucks for both standard and crew cabs. Meanwhile, the 2.7-liter Toyota Tacoma, with its fuel-economic system rating of 23 miles per gallon combined, had smallest overall life-cycle carbon footprint and won ASG’;s 2 mid-sized categories. Finally, the Chevrolet Silverado won greatest all-around performance in the complete-dimension extended-cab group. The ASG factored in eco-friendliness, price tag and social efficiency (which is measured by, “thinking about the rights of individuals charged with automobile manufacture and assembly”) to come up with its findings.
Sales of Ford’;s F-Series trucks rose 8.4 % final yr to 74,592 units and accounted for a lot more than a third of the complete 2013 product sales of Ford and its Lincoln unit. Check out out the ASG’;s press release under.
Which 2014 total-dimension trucks warrant eco claims?
25 March 2014 [Santa Rosa, CA] – With a myriad of eco-branded trucks hitting the North American marketplace in 2014 – from Ford’;s EcoBoost and GM’;s EcoTec3 to Ram’;s newest addition, the EcoDiesel – the Automotive Science Group (ASG) was prompted to provide an aim, scientifically-based mostly evaluation to establish exactly which 2014 trucks truly earn their “eco” badge.
In accordance to ASG and the ideas of ecological economics, a vehicle’;s eco-rating need to be multi-faceted to consist of both environmental and financial considerations, and so the Group’;s proprietary rating platform – the Automotive Overall performance Index – does just that. Utilizing a distinctive blend of automobile information inputs that include conventional specs as effectively as social, environmental and economic efficiency indicators, ASG’;s vehicle assessments empower consumers to make selections primarily based on one’;s individual concepts and monetary requisites. Whether or not it is a commitment to get American-produced, an environmental prerogative to reduce one’;s carbon footprint, or purely an economic selection to conserve on fuel costs, ASG’;s automobile ratings are a extensive guide for today’;s purchasers.
ASG’;s 2014 Study assessed 245 light-duty trucks to trim degree detail, annotating the performance differences among trucks with varying cab size, bed length, drivetrain and engine combinations. Although these significant distinctions in trim packages are on par with these distinguishing Crossover SUVs and Complete-Size SUVs, truck buyers are provided small distinction in this regard when overall performance claims are advertised, as is frequently the case with the aforementioned eco badges. This is in which ASG’;s insights vary – and empower.
ASG’;s Study revealed just how various vehicles with distinctive trim configurations carried out, with consideration for environmental, financial and social efficiency measures. Regular Cab trucks performed vastly various than Crew Cab trucks with the exact same eco-branded engine, largely due to the big difference in material bodyweight among these 2 autos, exceeding 700 lbs in many cases. Purchase cost also differed significantly amongst trim levels, even more differentiating the eco-overall performance in between different truck configurations.
“ASG’;s 2014 Review yet again highlights the value of life-cycle considering as critically important in figuring out overall truck worth, each from an environmental and financial perspective,” says Colby Self, Managing Director of the Automotive Science Group.
ASG diminished Full-Dimension light-duty trucks into 3 sub-categories: Normal Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab. Mid-Size trucks were reduced to 2 sub-classes: Extended Cab and Crew Cab. Only 1 brand featured a 2014 Mid-dimension truck with a Standard Cab, and so this group was omitted for lack of industry competition. By evaluating trucks of relative size and capability towards each other, rather than lumping all light-duty trucks into one pod, truck consumers can now search to the competitive set of trucks in the cab formation they need.
So which truck came out on leading? The 2014 Ford F-150 Normal Cab (XL 3.7L V6) and Crew Cab (XL 3.7L V6) won ASG’;s most prestigious honor: “Greatest ALL-About Efficiency” in the Complete-Dimension Regular and Crew Cab Categories, demonstrating superiority in environmental, economic and social performance.
With an EPA estimated 23 MPG combined and a material composition weighing somewhat more than 3,600 lbs, ASG’;s 2014 study located the Toyota Tacoma (4dr Access Cab 2.7L 4cyl) to hold the smallest lifestyle-cycle environmental footprint of all model 12 months 2014 trucks sold in the North American market place, earning ASG’;s prime honor in the 2 the Mid-Dimension Extended and Crew Cab categories.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (WT 4.3L V6 EcoTec3) took the leading award in the Complete-Dimension Extended Cab Class, earning “Best ALL-All around Performance”. The Silverado and Sierra 1500 trucks (WT & Base 4.3L V6 EcoTec3) took top environmental accolades in all 3 Full-Size classes, earning ASG’;s 2014 “Best ENVIRONMENTAL Overall performance” Awards.
When it came to people trucks with eco-branding, GM’;s EcoTec3 trucks were the only eco-branded designs to earn leading awards in ASG’;s 2014 research.
One could have anticipated the Ram EcoDiesel (3.0L V6) with class-foremost fuel economic system to earn top awards in ASG’;s assessment, but there is far more to ASG’;s assessment than fuel economic climate alone. The lifestyle-cycle environmental value of obtaining this diesel-fueled MPG rating need to also be regarded. In the diesel configuration, combustion emissions are higher with each and every gallon of fuel consumed. Diesel fuel has greater energy content material per gallon than gasoline, but due to the increased density of diesel, it also releases a lot more greenhouse fuel emissions per gallon combusted. The diesel engine configuration also weighs substantially much more than its unleaded gasoline counterparts, and so the manufacturing impacts – from materials extraction and processing – adds yet an additional environmental knock on the diesel layout.
These down sides are usually conquer in diesel configurations by tremendously improved fuel economy, inherent to lean burning engines, but sadly the fuel economic system improvement in the 2014 Ram EcoDiesel (3.0L V6) layout is not enough to offset other daily life-cycle impacts considered in ASG’;s evaluation. From an financial perspective, the cost premium paid upfront for the EcoDiesel commences to offset the economic incentives one particular would anticipate to redeem with the 9% fuel economy advantage that the EcoDiesel has in excess of the following ideal truck in its class. The ultimate blow is the 12% value premium diesel demands at the pump more than gasoline (typical U.S. price as of March 2014).
This is not to say that diesel styles do not have promise – they do – but the fuel economy advantage above gasoline engines must exceed the 2 MPG improvement (EPA estimated mixed MPG) that the EcoDiesel at the moment promises.
Although the EcoDiesel was not an ASG top variety for 2014, other Ram versions did excel in ASG’;s study: the Ram 1500 (Tradesman 3.6L Pentastar V6) Normal and Crew Cab trucks each won ASG’;s 2014 “Greatest Economic Functionality” Award, distinguished as obtaining the lowest cost of ownership amid Standard and Crew Cab Full-Size trucks in North America. The Ford F-150 (XL 3.7L V6) won the 2014 “Very best Financial Overall performance” Award in the Extended Cab group.
From an economic standpoint, the Nissan Frontier (S King Cab 6 ft. box) was uncovered to have the lowest price of ownership above a 5-yr economic forecast, taking into account buy and working fees of all model yr 2014 trucks offered in the North American industry. The Nissan Frontier was considered a Mid-Dimension truck in ASG’;s assessment.
And last but not least, from a social performance standpoint – contemplating the rights of people charged with vehicle manufacture and assembly – the Ford F-150 (XL 3.7L V6) was the “Greatest SOCIAL Efficiency” Award-winning truck in all 3 Complete-Dimension truck categories (Normal Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab) demonstrating Ford’;s sound corporate social obligation initiatives. The Nissan Frontier likewise was the “Very best SOCIAL Overall performance” Award-winning truck in the 2 Mid-Size truck classes.