Watch for a Unit with Full Cargo Bed (All Tanks Stowed Below)
Westport confirms that its will offer Ford F-150 pickups converted to compressed natural gas operation with the Westport WiNG system, in both the U.S. and Canada, with deliveries expected to commence in the first quarter of 2014.
Westport Innovations (Toronto:WPT and NASDAQ:WPRT) dramatically expanded its Ford natural gas vehicle line-up with the acquisition of Dallas-based BAF Technologies and its subsidiary ServoTech Engineering late last month.
BAF, Westport notes, is Ford’s largest partner under the manufacturer’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier program, with more than ten vehicle products and approximately 150 Ford-authorized dealerships. BAF offers trucks with all CNG storage underneath, freeing the full pickup bed for cargo.
Ford Announced 3.7-Liter Gas-Prep V-6
Ford confirmed this week that it is offering a gaseous-prep version of its 3.7-liter V-6 engine, clearing the way for QVM-warranted CNG-fueled F-150 sales.
“Our customers have been anticipating the availability of a natural gas version of Ford’s flagship pick-up truck, and as we believe Westport has the largest portfolio of Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) products, this will give us even greater options for fleets and consumers,” Westport VP John Lapetz said in a release.
“Ford has recognized the market demand and responded by adding one of its most popular models to the natural gas line-up.”
Ford offers the base vehicle with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons and rings allowing it to operate on either natural gas or gasoline. “The Westport WiNG powered Ford F-150 will offer customers a range of options to meet their needs, in a variety of cab, bed and driveline configurations,” the upfitter says.
Westport promises F-150 pricing and ordering details in September.
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Source: Westport with Fleets & Fuels follow-up