Ford’s UK Dagenham plant reaches milestone.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- July 13, 2012
Ford of Britain employees celebrate 40,000,000 engines produced milestone.
50 years at the Ford Dagenham facility has produced a whale of a milestone with the fact they have now built 40 million engines which according to the manufacturer is “enough to stretch 20,000 miles, or four fifths of the way around the globe, when placed end to end
Ford Dagenham has been engineering and manufacturing engines since 1931 according to the company release but now specializes in Ford’s hyper efficient turbo diesel engines for its European and world car lineup building 1 of every 2 Ford turbo diesel engines globally. This includes the very desirable (by us anyway
) Econetic series, Ford’s most fuel-efficient 1.6L TDCi turbo diesel.
The mighty 1.6L TDCi in a Fiesta Econetic
Ford 1.6-litre TDCi turbo diesel propels the latest Ford Fiesta ECOnetic with a combined fuel economy rating of 68.5 mpgUS on the NEDC or as high as 55 mpgUS on our own EPA if it were allowed here. That’s right, 55 mpg!
Production for complete vehicles accounts for approximately 70 percent of Dagenham’s total output, with over 270,000 engines being built for Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Volvo.
Total production of gasoline fueled engines from Ford Bridgend in Wales and turbo diesel engines from Ford Dagenham is sufficient to power one-in-three of Ford vehicles produced across the globe. These two plants have a total combined UK production capacity of two million engines, of which over 85 percent are exported. And not a single one of those 2-million hyper efficient engines are sent here
In 2003 an additional plant was opened at Ford Dagenham – the wind-powered Dagenham Diesel Centre – following an investment of $500 Million USD. The plant employs over 300 highly skilled design and engineering workers in addition to hundreds of specialized manufacturing positions.
What can 40 million engines can do? How about power all of the 35 million vehicles driven on British roads last year with planet of engines to spare!
A manufacturing facility with much of its electrical production being produced by wind while making one of if not the most fuel efficient mainstream engine in the world today. The question has to be asked. Why can’t Ford do that here?
Other Ford UK Dagenham manufacturing facility stories we have covered in the recent past...
And yet major auto manufacturers in the US are supposedly struggling to meet our meager 27.5 mpgUS real - CAFÉ’ in just 4-short years