Gas-Prep Engines for New (and Larger) Transit Cab, Cutaways
Ford roared into the 2013 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis with word that it’s expanding its line of vehicles that are delivered factory-ready for alternative fuels with gaseous-prep engines. Among them are all-new Transit chassis cab and cutaway models, “engineered to tackle an almost unlimited variety of specialized jobs and vocations.”
The larger Transit trucks come with 3.7-liter V-6 engines, available with a compressed natural gas/propane gaseous-prep kit allowing Qualified Vehicle Modifiers to install CNG or propane autogas fuel systems while maintaining Ford dealer availability and warranties.
Sales of Ford trucks with CNG/LPG-prepped engines have soared more than 350% since 2009, Ford said. Businesses are using CNG-fueled trucks to lower their operating costs, “with the payback period for recouping conversion upfit cost as fast as 24 to 36 months of in-use service.
“The transit chassis cab and cutaway models join the industry’s broadest lineup of commercial chassis,” Ford says.
A Gaseous-Prep 2.7
The line-up includes E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis, F-Series Super Duty chassis cab, F-650 and F-750 medium-duty chassis cab and F-59 stripped chassis.
And, Ford said, the next generation of the Transit Connect range will add yet another CNG-ready engine when it goes on sale later this year, offering a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine for the smaller Transits. Today’s Transit Connect has a 2.0-liter gaseous-prep engine.
The CNG and propane engine preps from the factory cost approximately $325, Ford says, “before the customer chooses a partner to supply fuel tanks, fuel lines and unique fuel injectors.” Alt fuel upfits then cost approximately $9,500 to $12,500, depending on choice of aftermarket fuel tank package.
A host of QVM upfitters, including Clean Energy Fuels-BAF for CNG and Roush CleanTech for propane, may be seen at Ford’s sprawling Work Truck Show display.
Also at the NTEA Work Truck Show, Ford circulated an excellent new alrt fuels buyers guide, with information on the new truck lines as well as the firm’s battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars – and how to charge them.
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Source: Ford release and Fleets & Fuels at the Work Truck Show