Hardened V-6 Enables More Trucks to Use CNG and Propane
Venchurs Promises a CNG F-150 and Roush a Propane Transit
Ford is announcing a new gaseous prep engine today, noting that the 3.7-liter V-6 with hardened valves paves the way for CNG- and propane autogas-powered F-150 pickups and Transit vans – including the new and larger Transits for 2014. Ford said compressed natural gas sells for an average of $2.11 per gallon of gasoline equivalent, “and is as low as $1 in some parts of the country.”
“With the money saved using CNG, customers could start to see payback on their investment in as little as 24 to 36 months,” Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager Jon Coleman said in a release. Depending on CNG fuel tank package, Ford estimates upfits at $7,500 to $9,500 per vehicle.
“It can be used for CNG and propane and it maintains its base engine warranties,” Coleman says of the 3.7-liter engine.
Roush for a Propane Transit
“Most of Ford’s QVMs are expected to offer the Transit with the 3.7-liter engine,” Coleman told F&F. He’s not naming any specific Qualified Vehicle Modifiers who’ll embrace the 3.7.
But Roush CleanTech confirms that it will offer the engine in a new dedicated-propane Ford Transit in the third quarter of 2014, according to VP Todd Mouw.
And Michigan’s Venchurs Vehicle Systems said it would offer both dedicated-CNG and CNG-gasoline bi-fuel versions of the F-150, with options for 12.8 GGE, 17.8 GGE, or 23.5 GGE. Venchurs currently has ship-thru for the 6.2-liter F-250 and F-350, and says it “anticipates having ship-thru for the F-150 in the fourth quarter of 2013.”
“It is not limited to commercial fleets. It can be ordered by anybody,” says product development sustainability program manager Dick Cupka.
Half a Dozen Gas-Prep Engines from Ford
The order book opens in August and production will commence in November, he told F&F.
The gaseous-prep 3.7 with hardened engine valve seats and special piston rings will carry an MSRP of $315.
The 3.7 joins other gaseous prep Ford offerings including 2.0-, 2.5-, 4.6-, 5.4- and 6.8-liter engines.
“In the next year,” Ford says, it “will offer eight commercial vehicles with a gaseous-prep option, a number no other full-line manufacturer can match:
- Transit Connect van and wagon;
- Transit van, wagon, cutaway and chassis cab;
- E-Series van, wagon, cutaway and stripped chassis;
- F-Series Super Duty pickup and F-350 chassis cab;
- F-Series Super Duty chassis cab (F-450, F-550);
- F-650 medium-duty truck;
- F53 and F59 stripped chassis; (and)
- 2014 F-150 light-duty pickup.”
Ford also said Wednesday that AT&T recently purchased 650 F-350 chassis cabs with the CNG-prep option.
“We’re almost halfway to our company-wide goal of deploying 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles by the end of year 2018,” AT&T global fleet operations VP Jerome Webber said in the Ford release. “Vehicles such as CNG F-350s from Ford have helped us avoid purchasing 7.7 million gallons of gasoline over the past five years while reducing our fleet’s emissions,” he said.
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