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3.7-Liter Gas Prep Engine from Ford

July 31, 2013 in CNG, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.”

Venchurs promised CNG versions of the half-ton F-150 pickup – both dedicated and bi-fuel – immediately upon's Ford announcement of the gaseous-prep 3.7-liter V-6 engine for 2014.

Venchurs promised CNG versions of the half-ton F-150 pickup – both dedicated and bi-fuel – immediately upon’s Ford announcement of the gaseous-prep 3.7-liter V-6 engine for 2014.

“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

The new gaseous-prep version of Ford’s 3.7-liter V-6 will be available for CNG and propane-autogas upfits of F-150 pickups and the 2014 Transit van shown here. The 2014 Transit will be available with three roof heights, two wheelbase lengths, and regular and extended-length bodystyles.

Roush CleanTech will offer dedicated-propane autogas upfits of Ford’s 2014 Transit with the 3.7-liter V-6 next year..

“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.

A gaseous-prep version of Ford's 3.7-liter V-6 engine for the F-150 pickup will also be offered for the 2014 Transit van.

A gaseous-prep version of Ford’s 3.7-liter V-6 engine for the F-150 pickup will also be offered for the 2014 Transit van.

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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Source: Ford with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

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