Truck Is Suitable for OEM-Sanctioned CNG or Propane Upfits
The first Ford F-150 pickup for 2016 with gaseous-prep V-8 engine for compressed natural gas or propane autogas operation has rolled off the assembly line at Kansas City. Ford says it is thus “the only manufacturer to offer a CNG/propane-capable half-ton pickup.”
The truck has a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V-8 engine. (Ti-VCT stands for twin independent variable camshaft timing.)
“Whether running on gasoline, gaseous fuel or both, the 5.0-liter V8 F-150 offers hardworking customers terrific towing and payload and now, the ability to operate on alternative fuel,” Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager Jon Coleman said in a release.
Gaseous Prep is a $315 Option
Plans for the truck with V-8 engine prepped for CNG or propane were announced at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas this past spring (F&F, May 4).
Ford’s CNG/propane factory engine prep option is priced at $315. Customers then select an upfitter – several are Ford QVMs – Qualified Vehicle Modifier – for fuel tanks, fuel lines and special fuel injectors. Upfits cost from $6,000 to $9,500, depending on fuel tank capacity, Ford says.
750 Miles for a Bi-Fuel with Big Tanks
When equipped with a bi-fuel gasoline-CNG or gasoline-propane engine package, the 5.0-liter V-8 F-150 is capable of achieving more than 750 miles on combined tanks of gasoline and CNG or gasoline and propane. The gasoline V-8 truck has an EPA-estimated rating of 22 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg combined.
Ford’s other CNG/propane-capable vehicles and their gaseous-prep engines include
- F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup with 6.2-liter V-8;
- F-350 to F-550 Super Duty chassis cab with 6.2-liter V-8 or 6.8-liter V-10;
- F-650 and F-750 chassis cab with 6.8-liter V-10;
- F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis with 6.8-liter V-10;
- Transit Connect van and wagon with 2.5-liter I-4;
- Transit van, wagon, cutaway and chassis cab with 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V-6; and
- E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis with 6.8-liter V-10.
Ford says it’s sold more than 60,000 vehicles prepped to run on CNG or propane – “six times more than all other major U.S. automakers combined,” since 2009.
Ford claimed the first gaseous-prep Ford F-150 pickup – with 3.7-liter engine – just two years ago (F&F, December 2, 2013).
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Source: Ford with Fleets & Fuels follow-up