Ford is toiling away, installing heavy-duty engine components into select 3.7-liter V6s to allow them to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in addition to gasoline. That's nothing new, but now, Ford has announced that it will offer the 2014 F-150 with this engine configuration, bringing the Blue Oval's total number of CNG/LPG-friendly vehicles up to eight. The F-150 will be the only half-ton pickup on the market that can run on these gases.

Ford will charge $315 per vehicle to equip the optional engine, but the trucks won't be ready to run on the alternative fuels straight from the factory and must be upfitted with additional equipment. A Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier will install a separate fuel system for the compressed gases at a cost of $7,500 to $9,500, depending on fuel tank size. With the right-size tank, the F-150 equipped with the CNG/LPG-prepped engine can go 750 miles on one tank of gas, according to Ford, averaging 23 miles per gallon.

The practice of offering flex-fuel vehicles is gaining momentum as businesses take advantage of cheap gas. CNG can be bought for $2.11/gallon on average (per gasoline equivalent), and sometimes for as little as $1.00 in some parts of the US, Ford states. "With the money saved using CNG, customers could start to see payback on their investment in as little as 24 to 36 months," says Jon Coleman, Ford's fleet sustainability and technology manager. The automaker expects to sell a total of 15,000 CNG/LPG-prepped vehicles in the 2014 model year.

Check out the press release below to read the details, and to see what other vehicles Ford offers with the CNG/LPG package.
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Ford F-150 to Offer Ability to Run on Compressed Natural Gas; Sales of Ford CNG-Prepped Vehicles Continue Growth

- 2014 Ford F-150 will offer a gaseous-fuel prep option on the 3.7-liter V6 engine; it will be able to run on compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas

- With the addition of F-150, Ford will have eight vehicles available to run on clean-burning, inexpensive CNG/LPG. Sales continue to grow rapidly, with Ford expecting to sell more than 15,000 CNG/LPG-prepped vehicles this year

- Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers offer a wide variety of CNG options to help customers find the best, most cost-effective solution to their diverse operating needs


DEARBORN, Mich., July 31, 2013 – Ford, America's truck leader, will offer the 2014 F-150 with the ability to run on compressed natural gas, making Ford the only manufacturer with an available CNG/LPG-capable half-ton pickup.

The 2014 Ford F-150 with 3.7-liter V6 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.

When the 3.7-liter V6 F-150 is equipped with a CNG/LPG engine package, it is capable of achieving more than 750 miles on one tank of gas, depending on the tank size selected. The Ford F-150 averages 23 mpg on the highway.

"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."

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 fuel tank capacity.

CNG conversions can provide stability against fluctuating fuel prices as well as lower vehicle operating costs for fleet administrators. 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, representing a significant savings over unleaded regular fuel. The national average for unleaded regular fuel is $3.66 per gallon.

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

Customers are enthusiastically responding to this powerful array of choices. Since reintroducing the option in 2009, Ford has established itself as the leader in CNG/LPG engine sales. 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 of many Ford customers that are finding value in CNG. The communications giant recently purchased 650 F-350 chassis cabs 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."

Qualified Vehicle Modifiers
Ford has established a rigorous qualification program for alternative-fuel vehicle modifiers. The QVM program is intended to help modifiers achieve greater levels of customer satisfaction and product acceptance through the manufacture of high-quality vehicles.

QVMs offer a wide variety of CNG/LPG options to help customers find the best, most cost-effective solution to their diverse operating needs. Ford maintains the engine and powertrain limited warranty (five years or 60,000 miles); the modifier is responsible for the system component warranty.

Compressed natural gas
Compressed natural gas is mainly composed of methane. It is stored and distributed in hard containers at a pressure of approximately 3,600 psi. About 85 percent of the CNG used in the United States is produced domestically.

Another benefit of this alternative fuel: Cleaner emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certifies CNG usage can result in up to 30 percent less greenhouse gas emissions.


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      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is about time someone put out a CNG truck. Sheesh.
      mark and connie
      • 1 Year Ago
      To get a 750 mile range on these trucks maybe you could give us a report on the right tank size required. GM had a CNG option on their trucks in the mid 90's and provided the tanks. Those tanks were roughly the size of an acetylene tank and were mounted in place of the regular gas tank and were very heavy to handle the pressure of the gas and to withstand road hazzards that could puncture the tank. Down side was limited range, around 300 miles, and like Ford now very expensive though nowhere near $315 for the engine and $7500.00 for the aftermarket parts. GM was around $2500 out of the box and ready but rarely sold partly because of the lack of CNG fill stations but mostly businesses didn't want the initial extra expense.
        protovici
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mark and connie
        GM with numbers causes major issues.... As history has taught us.
      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here's betting the Transit will get this engine set up to
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice to see Ford have a sense of humour. For only 3-4 times what it would cost in Europe, they are prepared to do you a kluge losing half your load space. Thy sure are making the blue oval stand for something. Rip-off prices and back street garage engineering.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DaveMart
        Any of the downraters care to actually argue the points made that this is several times the price of CNG in Europe, and that they have used up much of the load space by simply whacking on a tank? I thought not, since you have no actual arguments to make. Its a poor and expensive kludge.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          There is a 2250E upcharge for a GPL Fiesta. That is just a tick under $3000 for a Fiesta. A F-150 is a much bigger vehicle, with a much bigger engine, and a much bigger tank. Tanks get exponentially more expensive as they get bigger. This isn't meant as a consumer option that will sweep the nation, but it can be very useful for certain truck fleets.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a good truck for posers who like to drive a macho truck but never actually haul anything.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Those posers tend to go for diesel pickups. A clean burning, quiet v6 powered CNG truck? I doubt it.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
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          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          That is not what Paul said. He defined a subset of truck drivers. You should read more carefully.
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      does ti still spit out sprak plugs?
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        I remember when I had my first beer.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        huh?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        [blocked]
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        I didnt even know my ranger had sprak plugs. Must be near the Johnson rod.
      Hubec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here in Florida (and I assume throughout the rest of the country) we're burning natural gas in power plants to supply the electrical grid. When I first learned this I immediately questioned why the F*** are taxpayers subsidizing electric cars when it's so easy (and cheap) to convert the gasoline cars we know and love to burn natural gas directly. To top it off the resulting vehicle is far more practical than an electric.
        rlog100
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hubec
        \'more practical?\' The tanks are as space absorbing as a battery. There are no standardized filling stations like there are no charging stations. When you go to the store to get your propane BBQ tank filled, do they allow you to do it yourself? Unlikely self-serve would be allowed. If self-serve gas tried to be introduced now, it couldn\'t happen. Artificial advantage, but it is what it is.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rlog100
          There are CNG filling stations but not very many of them. And it is not as easy to a CNG filling system to a home as it is to add an EV charger to a home.
        timber
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hubec
        Combined cycle natural gas power plants have an efficiency around 55 to 60%. Gasoline combustion engines are around 25 to 30%. Considering around 3% losses in transmission and 10% in distribution (I don't know if these are reasonable in the USA, in Europe they are) in the end they are quite similar in terms of effiency.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @timber
          And then when you throw in the fact that it is cheap and easy to add an EVSE unit (AKA charger) to a house and not so easy to add a CNG fill unit to a house (due to expense, noise, and annual maintenance requirements), it is much easier for light-duty vehicles to be electric instead of CNG.
      יצחק בּוזוף
      Ford hasn't gotten the message. People want a DIESEL half ton, you morons.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        You must be one of those guys I get in here trying to trade in a truck that looks like it had a wrecking ball rolling around in the bed.... SECURE YOUR LOAD! Anyone using a truck should have enough common sense to secure what they're carrying. I guess the real problem is that common sense no longer seems to be that common. Really though, it takes all of 5 minutes to make sure your load wont become a projectile & potentially injure/kill you or someone else if you have a collision. As far as lighter objects, the tanks are certfied to withstand some direct impacts so you should be fine, its not a water ballon.
        Andrew
        • 1 Year Ago
        quality is job one at FORD!!!!
      Cool people
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great ! CNG is the cleanest, cheapest and domestic! Ford is now moving ahead of the pack !
      nmbr55
      • 1 Year Ago
      CNG conversion kits are available for most cars. Ford, you will be forgiven for the BS mileage claims of the C-Max if you make a CNG version for that vehicle. Yes, trunk space will be tight. But it will cost $0.03 per mile to operate.
      Jesse Gurr
      • 1 Year Ago
      They are already doing this with the Transit Connect. So, nothing new...
        rcmacs33
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesse Gurr
        The Transit Connect is not a F-150, so it is something new.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesse Gurr
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