Sue Cischke, Ford, on sustainability & fuel efficiency

Sue Cischke, Ford’s vice president for Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, talked with me at the Ford Product Development Center in Dearborn, MI.

Cischke went through the process with the Department of Energy to receive the $5.9 billion that they have received so far. The DOE will give out $25 billion in loans for fuel efficiency and advanced technology. The catch for some companies requesting these funds is they have to prove they are a viable American company to receive the funds.

Ford applied for $11 billion in funds from the DOE. Currently, Ford has received $5.9 billion, with the possibility of getting the rest in the future. What is Ford spending this money on?

Cischke explains the Eco-boost system. She also gets the issue: how do you tell people that you’re going to sell them a smaller displacement engine for more money?

Where is Ford in it’s electrification program? What products will they be bringing out and in what time frame?

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.