Re: 36 Gallon Fuel Tank Option on Ecoboost F150s!
Just a theory, but the EPA fuel economy drive cycles are run with a full tank. It's possible that the extra 65 lbs in gasoline would have dropped either the city or highway (or both) cycles by 1 mpg on the sticker, which is extremely valuable from a marketing position.
Similarly, I know that the orginal Ford Escape Hybrid had a "rated capacity" on the fuel tank (and stop trigger for the gas pump) that was below the max orignal capacity, because if it were full, it would push it into the next EPA vehicle class per its weight. Heard this directly from a Ford engineer during a lecture at a univerisity some 5 years ago.
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