2016 Ford F-150 V8 offers CNG/propane option
Ford announced that 2016 F-150 pickups fitted with a 5.0-liter V8 offered haulers available with a factory-installed gaseous-fuel option. The aluminum-intensive 2016 F-150 will join the existing F-Series Super Duty pickups as well as the Transit and Transit Connect vans/wagons in the automaker's portfolio of dual-fuel vehicles with engines able to burn compressed natural gas or propane as well as gasoline, if necessary. Ford's factory CNG/propane engine adds $315 to the purchase price of the truck, at which point the customer must choose a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier to complete the conversion by installing the tanks, fuel lines and engine injectors required. These off-site upfits will run approximately $7,500-$9,500 depending on the fuel tank capacity, a factor that makes them better suited to fleet use.
In addition to producing about 20 percent less CO2 emissions than gasoline, gaseous alternative fuels are cheaper as well. Ford data indicates the average price of a gallon of CNG on April 30 was $2.11 and it could be had for as little as $1 in some places. That compared to the respective $2.58 and $2.81 per-gallon averages for gasoline and diesel. Although fuel economy isn't directly equivalent, owners who rack up more than 15,000 miles annually should see a drop in their operational costs. Equally important, burning CNG/propane won't impact the F-150's towing capability and total payload will be only marginally reduced by the added weight of the tanks and related hardware.
"We surveyed customers likely to use natural gas or propane, and 72 percent told us they want to have these alternative-fuel capabilities available on an F-150 with the 5.0-liter V8 engine," said Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager. "We expect the gaseous-fuel prep package will be even more popular than it was on the 2014 F-150 with the 3.7-liter V6 engine, given the capability of the 2016 F-150 5.0-liter V8." He also noted that Ford has sold over 57,000 CNG/propane-ready vehicles since it began offering them in 2010 -- seven times more than all other U.S. automakers combined.
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