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Ford's F-150 Will Soon Be Available with Natural Gas, Propane Gas Package

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On: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 3:17PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

Ford's F-150 Will Soon Be Available with Natural Gas, Propane Gas Package

It was recently revealed that the Ford Motor Company will soon be offering the 2014 Ford F-150 passenger pickup models with a unique equipment option. The new features available through this equipment package allows the 2014 Ford F-150 models powered by the Ford 3.7L V6 engine to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or on liquid propane gas (LPG).

This new factory-installed option package includes components such as hardened valves and valve seats, as well as hardened pistons and piston rings which are made to function with regular gasoline or natural gas, according to Ford. The package will add $315 to the buying price and will become available when the new 2014 Ford F-150 is offered in the fall of 2013.

This new option comes in response to business and fleet buyers who have been asking the auto maker to make a Ford F-150 passenger truck available with CNG capabilities. They want these options to save on fuel costs and to have vehicles with cleaner emissions. Using CNG will repay their investment within three years. A gallon of CNG costs an average of $2.06 currently. The average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.67; diesel currently costs $3.88 a gallon.

The Ford Motor Company works with specialists they refer to as “qualified vehicle modifiers” to install the CNG and LPG fuel systems on the F-150 trucks. Ford will, of course, honor the engine warranty on trucks with systems installed by their modifiers.

The auto maker estimates that the cost of conversion is around $8,000 to $11,000 per vehicle and depends on the capacity of the fuel tank.

Ford is projected to sell over 15,000 CNG- and LPG-ready vehicles during the year of 2013 which is a 25% increase compared to 2012. The conversion was initially made available on 2006 E-Series vans and is currently available on Super Duty pickup models, the Ford Transit Connect, and other medium duty Ford trucks.


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