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Ford, GM Face Off on Truck Engines
2/14/2013

GM's new 5.3L V8 EcoTec engine, left, boosts fuel efficiency by using cylinder deactivation to act as a four-cylinder engine at light loads. Ford's 3.5L EcoBoost engine, right, boosts performance by using twin-turbocharger technology to create a more dense mix of air and fuel in each cylinder.  (Source: GMC, left; Ford Motor Co., right)
GM's new 5.3L V8 EcoTec engine, left, boosts fuel efficiency by using cylinder deactivation to act as a four-cylinder engine at light loads. Ford's 3.5L EcoBoost engine, right, boosts performance by using twin-turbocharger technology to create a more dense mix of air and fuel in each cylinder.
(Source: GMC, left; Ford Motor Co., right)

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TJ McDermott
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Re: Heavy hitters
TJ McDermott   2/15/2013 2:46:12 AM
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There might be something to the idea, Cabe.  The vehicles can carry larger batteries.  A heavier frame would also protect the batteries better, though vibration might be a problem for them.

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Cabe Atwell   2/15/2013 12:02:02 AM
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How about heavy-duty electric vehicles? With that be a possibility any time soon. I remember reading about a Chevy concept truck that was a hybrid. It was heavy duty, got great gas mileage, and could have tool plugged into it. I would like to see this be the norm on every truck. C

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