Ford Fixes Fuel Filling Frustrations

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams
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ford fixes fuel filling frustrations

Forget SYNC. MSNBC reports Ford's next great contribution to automotive technology will be getting rid of the gas cap. Matt O'Leary, chief engineer for the F-150 explains: "People just don't like the cap. Anyone who drives a vehicle hates that." So in response to the outcry coming from gas stations across the country, they're taking the EasyFuel capless refueling system first introduced on the Ford GT– and currently available on the 2008 Explorer– and expanding it across their entire North American line. O'Leary is confident the idea will eventually spread to all manufacturers. GM's Mark LaNeve isn't quite as enthusiastic. "The removal of the gas cap never shows up like a problem in any of our research." Like, wow.

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  • Shaker Shaker on Jan 17, 2008

    I (for one) am tired of counting the clicks of my gas cap; bring it on! Better have a door over it, though, to keep snow, sugar, and prying little digits out.

  • N Number N Number on Jan 17, 2008

    jaje: My guess is that remote fuel doors aren't all that popular on pick-ups because the filler is normally located on the bedside which is separate body panel from the cab that is often removed for other applications such as a tool-box bed, chassis-cab, or box van. Pick-ups make a lot of profit when sold to consumers, but they must be designed for commercial standards.

  • Gardiner Westbound Gardiner Westbound on Jan 17, 2008

    Automobile accessory stores sell the similar Stant InStant Fill Gas Cap for about $20.

  • Shaker Shaker on Jan 17, 2008

    Damn my eyes... it does have a door! (Found a bigger photo!)