Ford will be the first manufacturer to offer a Compressed Natural Gas option for a half-ton pickup truck.
As announced this week, the 2014 Ford F-150 will have an option for a compressed natural gas powered model. Natural gas has become an increasingly popular choice as an alternative to traditional gas. There is an abundance of Natural Gas in this area, and it’s also a lot cheaper than traditional petroleum. According to a
release from Ford, CNG sells for an average of $2.11 per gallon of gasoline equivalent, and is as low as $1 in some parts of the country. The natural average for unleaded regular fuel on July 31, 2013 is $3.66 per gallon.
What is CNG?
Compressed Natural Gas is mainly composed of methane. Approximately 85 percent of the CNG used in the United States is produced domestically. It’s also cleaner than traditional petroleum. In fact, the EPA certifies that CNG usage can result in 30% less greenhouse gas emissions than traditional fuel.
So How Can You Get One?
The 2o14 Ford F-150 CNG equipped with a 3.7-liter V6 engine will be available for sale in the Fall 2014. You won’t be able to buy a CNG car directly from the factory. You’ll need a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier to supply fuel tanks, fuel lines and unique fuel injectors. Uplifts will costs approximately $7,500 to $9,500, depending on fuel tank capacity.
According to Ford, F-150 models equipped with CNG/LPG-prepped engines can go 750 miles on one tank of gas, averaging 23 miles per gallon. Ford said business and fleet customers are asking manufacturers to build a car with this option.
“Businesses and fleet customers have been asking Ford to make F-150 available with CNG capability to take advantage of the fuel’s low price and clean emissions,” said Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager. “With the money saved using CNG, customers could start to see payback on their investment in as little as 24 to 36 months.”
Some, such as AT&T, are finding the F-150 with CNG an effective choice. According to Ford, AT&T has purchased 650 F-150 models with the CNG-prep option.
“We’re almost halfway to our company-wide goal of deploying 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles by the end of year 2018,” said Jerome Webber, AT&T vice president, global fleet operations. “Vehicles such as CNG F-350s from Ford have helped us avoid purchasing 7.7 million gallons of gasoline over the past five years while reducing our fleet’s emissions.”
In the next year, Ford will offer eight commercial vehicles with a gaseous-prep option, a number no other full-line manufacturer can match:
- 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, F-550)
- F-650 medium-duty truck
- F53 and F59 stripped chassis
- 2014 F-150 light-duty pickup