Ford to remove the gas cap... forever
When the Lincoln MKS debuts in 2008, it will become the second vehicle in Ford Motor Company’s product line to use a capless fuel filler.
Ford was first to the market with the technology, installing it on the Ford GT supercar.
“The capless system is a tangible example of how Ford is developing innovative product solutions to satisfy the unmet needs of consumers,” says Mark Fields, executive vice president, Ford Motor Company, and president of the Americas for Ford.
The capless fuel system provides a much better seal than a cap, as it isn’t opened until the fuel pump nozzle is inserted. When capless fueling is completed, the nozzle is removed and the system seals shut automatically.
Capless fuel filler technology serves several purposes. It not only eliminates the inconvenience of forgetting to put the gas cap back on after fueling, but it also saves time during refueling by doing away with unscrewing and replacing a fuel filler cap.
The system could prove to benefit the environment as well. Inappropriately installed, broken or missing gas caps can allow emissions to escape. These vapors combine for a prime cause of smog.
The new system will be simple and seamless to the customer and practically invisible, hiding behind the same fuel door found on today’s vehicles. It is also easily integrated into other Ford and Lincoln Mercury vehicles.