While there has been a lot said lately about using natural gas to power medium and heavy trucks, the natural gas news isn’t limited solely to the larger end of the truck spectrum. Ford’s News Center recently announced that it will offer the 2014 F-150 with the ability to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). This makes the “blue-oval” brand the only manufacturer to offer a CNG/LPG-capable half-ton pickup.
Equipped with a 3.7-liter V6 engine and a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons, and rings so it can operate on either CNG or gasoline through separate fuel systems, the 2014 F-150 will be ready to roll this fall. When equipped with the engine package, the F-150 is capable of reaching about 750 miles on one CNG fill-up, depending on the tank size selected.
“Customers have been asking Ford to make F-150 available with CNG capability to take advantage of the fuel’s low price and clean emissions,” said Jon Coleman, Ford’s fleet sustainability/technology manager. “With the money saved using CNG, customers could start to see payback on their investment in as little as 24 to 36 months.”
Built To Order
Although the 3.7-liter engine is built CNG ready, the F-150 needs a few changes made between rolling off the assembly line and arriving at the local dealer. The factory CNG/LPG engine prep is the first step, costing approximately $315. The customer then chooses a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier to supply fuel tanks, fuel lines, and unique fuel injectors. Typical upfits run around $7,500 – 9,500.00 depending on fuel tank capacity.
Smaller Fuel Bill
CNG sells for an average of $2.11/gasoline gallon equivalent and is as low as $1.00/gallon in some parts of the country, a huge savings over unleaded regular fuel. At last check, the national average for unleaded regular fuel was about $3.66/gallon.
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