We’ll be taking the day off today for obvious reasons. We wish every reader of egmCarTech Happy Holidays and a very safe and Merry Christmas.
In the mean time, Ford of Europe is helping Santa go green with a new concept sleigh design. Santa if you’re reading, this redesigned Evos Concept-based sleigh is powered by a new 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine that will save you 191,843 tons of CO2 and £110 million ($143 million USD) in fuel costs. It will also allow Rudolph and his buddies to enjoy a well-deserved retirement while Santa makes his annual deliveries with style in an environmentally friendly new sleigh.
Click here for our original post on the Ford Evos Concept.
“They may look cute, but Santa’s team of nine reindeer create a staggering 214,670 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions each year, so something had to be done to help him re-discover his greener roots2,” said Ford car designer Paul Wraith.
According to Ford of Europe Santa travels around 200,237,360 km (124,421,727.113 miles) each year and spends spends in excess of £122 million ($159 million USD) on carrots to fuel his reindeer each year.
This might be good option Santa.
The redesigned sleigh also incorporates other cutting edge Ford technologies. Highlights include:
- Active park assist: Clever technology that first checks if a parking space is big enough, then automatically steers your car/sleigh in. Useful for Santa in making those tight reverse rooftop landings.
- Door edge protector: A simple, but ingenious addition to Ford doors, helping thwart dents, dings and scratches even in the tightest parking spot. Vital to help Santa stop scratching the door of his sleigh on all those annoying chimneys.
- SYNC: A sophisticated in-car, voice-activated technology system, that can be easily personalised. This will help Santa keep in touch with the elves back at base, stay en route with GPS navigation and enable him to listen to and change, his favourite Christmas music.
- EcoMode: In-car software that provides useful advice for drivers on achieving better fuel economy tailored to their individual driving styles. A specially modified version of the software will include an electronic Christmas tree image. The better Santa’s green driving performance, the more of the trees branch symbols will light-up.
- Active City Stop & Blind Spot Information System: Two driver assistance technologies, the first assists drivers in slow moving traffic by detecting if the car in front unexpectedly stops and braking automatically in response, whilst the second helps detect vehicles in blind spots during normal driving. Both will be useful to Santa, as he tries to avoid planes in our increasingly crowded skies.
- MyKey: Enabling car owners to encourage their teenagers (or elves) to drive safer and more fuel efficiently, with increased safety-belt usage, through a range of driver specific configurable features.
- 1 litre EcoBoost engine: As outlined, helping ensure the engine powering Santa’s sleigh is green, lean, mean and compact.
– By: Omar Rana