Hydrogen injection kits that claim to be able to improve your pickup’s fuel mileage just won’t seem to go away. Regardless of how implausible the advertisements for these products might be – after all, if it were really possible to boost fuel economy by 20 percent, wouldn’t hydrogen kits be standard equipment on all new cars? – the industry that builds and sells them keeps rolling along, preying on the general public’s incomplete understanding of the science behind this kind of technology.
To help settle things once and for all, Tundra Headquarters was able to arrange an interview with Dr. Jeremy Worm from the Advanced I.C. Engines Laboratory at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Worm is an engineer with extensive experience in the field of internal combustion engines, and he was gracious enough to answer all of our questions regarding hydrogen injection kits.
The internet is a buzz today with news that Motor Trend has named the Chevy Colorado as the Truck of Year. While, this is great news for Chevy, many expected the new Ford F-150 to easily walk away with the honor. Instead it got third.
An outlandish headline for this story, but stay with me for a minute. With all the buzz about the new F-150 and its fuel economy, there is actually a bigger threat to the Toyota Tundra sales and that is the Nissan Titan. Why? Follow along.
UPDATE: Ford contacted me to ask me to clarify a few things about my post. Specifically:
- Ford couldn’t help the timing of the announcement. Evidently, the EPA figures weren’t available until Thursday night, and Ford was in a bind to get the numbers out ASAP as trucks are hitting the ground any day now.
- Ford never said that their goal was 30mpg. I presented this as fact, but I should clarify – it was my understanding based on some people I’d spoken to that Ford’g goal was 30mpg…Ford never said that. My 30mpg statement below came off as fact and it shouldn’t have.
- Ford’s Mike Levine pointed out that the new 2.7L Nano EcoBoost V6 has a low asking price (it’s a $495 option), as well as excellent towing and payload ratings for the price and fuel economy.
My only response is to item #1. It’s truly incredible that the EPA would release the 2015’s certified fuel economy numbers so that they’d have to be published the Friday before Thanksgiving.
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Many people in the PR business believe that Friday afternoon is the best time to release bad news to the press…especially near the holidays. Guess what time Ford chose to release the fuel economy figures for the 2015 F-150?
Despite the extensive use of aluminum in the 2015 F-150, the truck’s fuel economy improved only slightly.
On the 17th of this month, the annual ALG Residual Value Awards were announced and it was a good day for Toyota (and Toyota owners). Not only did the company win the overall “Top Mainstream Brand” award, but six of their models were voted to be the best vehicles in their class in terms of resale value. One of those winners is the Tundra, awarded as the best “Fullsize Pickup” in terms of resale.