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Ford to Offer CNG-Prepped F-150

July 31, 2013

Ford Motor Co. is the only manufacturer to offer a CNG/LNG-capable half-ton pickup truck.
Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
Ford Motor Co. is the only manufacturer to offer a CNG/LNG-capable half-ton pickup truck.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co. announced that it will offer the 2014 F-150 with the ability to run on compressed natural gas. The F-150 with a 3.7L V-6 engine will be available this fall with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons, and rings so it can operate on either natural gas or gasoline through separate fuel systems.

The 3.7L V-6 F-150 equipped with a compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas engine package is capable of achieving more than 750 miles on one tank of gas, depending on the tank size selected, according to Ford. Both F-150 gas and alt-fuel models average 23 mpg on the highway.

CNG/LPG engine prep from the factory costs approximately $315 before the customer chooses a Ford qualified vehicle modifier to supply fuel tanks, fuel lines, and unique fuel injectors. Upfits run approximately $7,500 to $9,500 depending on the fuel tank capacity.

In the next year, Ford will offer eight commercial vehicles with a gaseous-prep option, including:

The F-150 CNG/LPG-capable pickup truck carries the CNG tank in the bed of the truck.
Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
The F-150 CNG/LPG-capable pickup truck carries the CNG tank in the bed of the truck.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
  • 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 and F-550)
  • F-650 medium-duty truck
  • F53 and F59 stripped chassis
  • 2014 F-150 light-duty pickup

Ford is on pace to sell more than 15,000 CNG/LPG-prepped vehicles this year, an increase of more than 25 percent from 2012. AT&T is one Ford customer investing in CNG. The communications company recently purchased 650 F-350 chassis cabs with the CNG-prep option. AT&T is also one of Automotive Fleet's TOP 300 COMMERCIAL FLEETS.

The F-150 CNG-capable nozzle allows CNG to be filled into the tank.
Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
The F-150 CNG-capable nozzle allows CNG to be filled into the tank.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certifies CNG usage can result in up to 30-percent less greenhouse gas emissions. Compressed natural gas, which is mainly composed of methane, sells for an average of $2.11 per gallon of gasoline equivalent, according to Ford. As of July 29, the national average for unleaded regular fuel was $3.63 per gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. CNG is stored and distributed in hard containers at a pressure of approximately 3,600 psi.

For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, visit http://corporate.ford.com.

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