Dedicated Liquid-Injection for F-150 to Meet EPA & California Standards:
‘We Are Evolving to a Full-Service Alternative Fuel Provider,’ Says Shaffer
Westport said today that it will offer dedicated, liquid propane systems for 2016 Ford F-150 trucks with the 5.0-liter engine, augmenting the upfitter’s compressed natural gas systems for the vehicle type.
Propane autogas thus joins CNG under the Westport WiNG Power System brand. The propane systems, Westport says, are expected to be certified to both U.S. EPA and CARB/California Air Resources Board standards.
“We understand that many fleets use different types of alternative fuels based on availability and business needs,” Westport Dallas VP and managing director Paul Shaffer said in a release.
‘Putting the Needs of Fleets First’
“By offering dedicated liquid propane in addition to bi-fuel and dedicated CNG vehicles, we are evolving to a full-service alternative fuel provider for fleets operating the popular Ford F-150 pickup truck.
“We are putting the needs of fleets first and delivering stability to our customers’ supply chain by offering diverse alternative fuel options,” Shaffer said.
First deliveries of the F-150 trucks with the Westport-developed liquid-propane system are expected to be made late this year or early in the first quarter of 2016, Shaffer told F&F.
No Tanks in the Cargo Bed
Westport notes that while most propane autogas (aka LPG, for liquefied petroleum gas) systems on today’s market have fuel tanks occupying valuable truck cargo bed space, “Westport’s tank packages will be located underbody, thereby creating additional capability and productivity for fleets.”
Westport is taking advantage of Ford’s new natural gas and propane gaseous-prep package for the 5.0-liter engine, which was announced at ACT Expo 2015 for model year 2016 vehicles (F&F, May 4).
Westport’s new liquid propane system includes
- a standard 24 gallon fuel tank or optional 16 gallon tank;
- simplified maintenance of an easily replaceable inline filter;
- diagnostic service requiring no additional scanning tools;
- fuel pump life expectancy of 150,000 miles; and
- “consistent volumetric efficiency resulting in superior power and emissions when compared to existing vapor propane systems.”
Westport is a Ford QVM – Qualified Vehicle Modifier.
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Source: Westport with Fleets & Fuels follow-up