Time Warner Cable said it chose the F-150 as the vehicle best suited to continue to build a “work-ready, energy-saving fleet that achieves greater levels of sustainability, environmental efficiency and lower operating costs.”
According to the company, the 2015 F-150 is up to 700 pounds lighter than previous F-150 trucks – resulting in greater towing and payload capacities, an improved power-to-weight ratio, and better performance and fuel efficiency, TWC said.
“When equipped with an available 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine with standard Auto Start-Stop Technology, the F-150 4x2 has a best-in-class EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined (actual mileage will vary). The 2.7-liter EcoBoost enables an estimated 29 percent improvement in fuel economy compared with the 5.0L V8 engine,” the company said.
The 2.7-liter EcoBoost produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque with a maximum payload rating of 2,250 pounds and maximum tow rating of 8,500 lbs., according to the company.
“The 2015 Ford F-150 is the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever, and sets the standard for technology,” said Kevin Koswick, director, Ford North American Fleet, Lease and Remarketing Operations. “Time Warner Cable’s choice of Ford F-150 will further help reduce the fleet’s environmental footprint and lower operating costs.”
TWC’s fleet drivers will use the trucks to transport equipment for installing and servicing Internet, TV and phone services to its customers’ homes and businesses. TWC says it selected Ford F-150 for its work-ready capability and multiple energy-efficient technologies.
The F-150 trucks come with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, and standard Auto Start-Stop. This technology, specially tuned for truck customers, shuts off the engine when the vehicle is at a stop – except when towing or in four-wheel drive – to give drivers power on demand when they need it most. When the brake is released, the engine restarts quickly.
“Time Warner Cable is committed to reducing our impact on the environment,” said George Survant, senior director, Fleet Management. “The Ford F-150 is another way to help us achieve our sustainability goals. Energy and fuel efficiency are very important to us as we continue our efforts to ensure the TWC fleet is environmentally friendly.”
TWC has added more than 400 diesel Ford Transit vans and 200 Transit Connect vans to its fleet in recent years. The Transit vans achieved an estimated 47 % improvement in fuel economy, according to TWC. The company added it estimates saving 2,900 tons of greenhouse gas emissions as it continues to make upgrades to its fleet.