Large Fords Broaden Westport WiNG’s Bi-Fuel Truck Line
Westport LD will begin taking orders on April 1 for its bi-fuel CNG-gasoline conversions of Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty Chassis Cab trucks. The firm’s Westport WiNG Power System equipment is installed at WKIC, the Westport Kentucky Integration Center, located near Ford’s manufacturing plant in Louisville for easy ship-through.
Plans for the larger Fords were announced late last year (F&F, December 4) following word earlier in 2012 that the light duty vehicle arm of Westport Innovations would offer bi-fuel versions of F-250 and F-350 vehicles.
Westport’s Ford F-450 is being shown for the first time at the National Truck Equipment Association’s Work Truck Show on Indianapolis March 6-8.
Westport notes that WKIC is a Ford-audited, Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) facility, and that the new F-450 and F-550 trucks “have undergone the same rigorous testing for safety and durability used by Ford for all its original equipment manufacturer products… The 2013 F-450 and F-550 trucks will use the same integrated transportation system as other Westport powered Ford products to reduce delivery costs to the customer.”
Just About as OEM as Can Be
The trucks have Ford’s 6.8-liter V-10 engine affording a combined range of approximately 650 miles with maximum compressed natural gas capacity of 42 GGEs (gasoline gallon equivalents) and a standard 40-gallon gasoline tank. They are delivered “key-READY,” Westport says, with a warranty that matches Ford’s.
“The expansion of our product line builds upon our proven technology of the Westport WiNG Power System and extends our product availability to a different end user,” Westport LD and managing director and VP John Lapetz said in a release. “With a higher degree of application flexibility and increased gross vehicle weight, the Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks allow us to grow a solid footprint with customers who were not serviced with the Ford F-250 and F-350 CNG bi-fuel trucks.”
The larger Fords are said to be ideal for fleets in the natural resource industries, construction, delivery, and public utilities, as well as for government and transit operators. Fleets get to use a cleaner, domestic fuel with savings between 30 to 60% and “payback demonstrated in as little as two years.”
Buy More and Get More Body Options
Westport works with service body companies in Louisville to outfit the bi-fuel trucks for specific missions.
“Many standard configurations exist for bodies with a minimum of 84CA used in combination with a tank pack and custom bi-fuel configurations can be engineered for virtually any second-unit body with a minimum order of 10 units,” said senior marketing director John Howell.
Westport CNG upfits start at $9,500.
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Source: Westport LD release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up