The Ford Motor Company is getting competitive on the compressed natural gas (CNG) truck front. While Detroit counterparts General Motors and Chrysler have a head start, Ford has begun manufacturing its 2014 F-150 – the first CNG/LPG-capable half-ton pickup – and the CNG engine will be extended to eight of its commercial vehicles.

Ford is now building the CNG F-150 at its Kansas City, MO, factory with a 3.7-liter, V6 engine with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that can run on either natural gas or gasoline. When it comes equipped with a bi-fuel CNG/LPG engine package, the F-150 can travel more than 750 miles on the combined gasoline and CNG tanks.

Along with the half-ton pickup and bi-fuel vehicle options, Ford has an ambitious goal of offering eight of its commercial vehicles with the natural gas option. Ford's full line of commercial trucks and vans will be covered – Transit Connect, E-Series van, F-Series Super Duty pickups, F-650 medium duty, and more. Details are in the press release below.
First CNG-Capable 2014 Ford F-150 Rolls Off the Line in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
  • 2014 Ford F-150 launches with 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
  • By next summer, Ford will offer eight vehicles that can run on clean-burning, inexpensive CNG/LPG and puts the company on track to sell more than 15,000 such vehicles this year
  • Nearly 20 states now offer or soon will offer tax incentives or rebates for CNG-converted vehicles
  • Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers offer a wide variety of CNG options to help customers find the most cost-effective solution to their diverse operating needs
Ford, America's truck leader, began production of 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 is available with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, and pistons and rings so it can operate on either natural gas or gasoline through separate fuel systems.

When equipped with a bi-fuel CNG/LPG engine package, the 3.7-liter V6 F-150 is capable of achieving more than 750 miles on combined tanks of gasoline and CNG, depending on the tank sizes selected. The Ford F-150 with 3.7-liter V6 has an EPA-estimated rating of 23 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg combined.

"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.

CNG/LPG engine prep from the factory costs $315 before the customer chooses a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier to supply fuel tanks, fuel lines and unique fuel injectors. Upfits run approximately $6,000 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 $2.10 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 $3.29 per gallon.

Customers also can accelerate the payback period by taking advantage of a growing number of state incentives. Nearly 20 states – including Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida – offer or soon will provide tax incentives or rebates for CNG-converted vehicles. In Florida, fleet customers will be eligible for rebates of up to $25,000 beginning in 2014.

Most CNG options
By next summer, 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. The company 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 fleet 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 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."

Ford 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.

Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers offer a wide variety of CNG/LPG options to help customers find the 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 includes cleaner emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certifies CNG usage can result in up to 30 percent less greenhouse gas emissions.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 180,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company


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      jselwhpl
      • 1 Year Ago
      Remove the "only CNG capable " Ford. Chevrolet has had them for years, pickups & vans
        Ziv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jselwhpl
        Chevy has them but their price starts at $11,000 if memory serves.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jselwhpl
        Reading comprehension fail.
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jselwhpl
        I believe it reads "only CNG capable 1/2 ton pickup". Thus, the statement is factual. Chevrolet only offers CNG in vans and their larger pickups.
      JB
      • 1 Year Ago
      That fast that is bi fuel is nice because of the lack of CNG fill stations even in major metro areas. It does add mass and it takes up a good part of the bed which is what trucks are for. If CNG has not caught on, then I don't know how Hydrogen will catch on.
        JB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JB
        The good thing about CNG is cheap, relatively clean to oil and it is domestic -- those are the same reasons people are flocking to EV. YET-- EVs are probably easier to use since there are a lot more places to plug-in than fill up with CNG and EVs are cleaner especially if you charge with renweables like a lot of EV owners already do.
        edward.stallings
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JB
        Hydrogen will never catch on because it costs too much to make.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JB
        A lot of trucks are simply used to carry tools (in boxes) and small parts to do repairs in the field. This would make a lot of sense in that case.
      Krazeecain
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope this becomes more widely available at stations and in cars soon, the higher octane rating would be pretty sweet.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Krazeecain
        I wonder if Ford will offer it in the 3.7L V6 that they use in the Police Interceptors? Could make a lot of sense to police departments if the fuel is readily available.
      Cool people
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford should Install Duel fuel tanks! ***** foot around and just do 1/2 the set up is nutty! CNG is the most cost effective option and domestic & Green ! Get on with it Americans ARE ready !!
      Smoking_dude
      • 1 Year Ago
      6000 to 9000$ to fit a CNG system to a 6 cyl pickup. WOW that is expensive, even in europe where cars are far more expensive a CNG upgrade can be done for around 4000 to 5000 dollar. LPG systems are even cheaper 1300 to 3500 Dollars. this is all well know standart tech. most companies are there since the 1970s. I guess some companies will make a lot of money in the us about this "BRAND NEW" Technology ;)
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thanks to the fracking boom, now the price of the Natural Gas is record low! In the 1980s the price was around $6 per Thousand Cubic Feet, and in the 2010-2013 period the price is 12 dollars per Thousand Cubic Feet! Is 6 cheaper than 12??? Go figure. http://www.eia.gov/dnav/ng/hist/n3010us3m.htm
        Sol
        • 1 Year Ago
        Are those number adjusted for inflation? If not $3.94 per 1000 CF is about $9.45 and $6 is aroudn $13
      jreyn57871
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.cngnow.com/stations/Pages/information.aspx
      Docstu
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only problem I have with CNG is the availability. I googled it and found only three stations in the entire state and they were private company ones not open to the public. So not much of as advance until supply and availability is there.
      pinstar55
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now this is green! Better than diesel, better than battery!
      Ziv
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't find the natural gas range of the $6000 fuel tank upfit. Did I miss that part of the article? If it is more than 100 miles and it takes less of the truck bed, that might be the way to go. You always have the gasoline tank if you run out of CNG near the end of the day. If the CNG tank takes up a third of the length of the bed or less, I could definitely see fitting a tool box over the top of the CNG tank and making it a win-win and a smaller CNG tank makes this more likely. If you are saving a dollar a mile, a $6,000 upfit makes a lot of sense.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ziv
        Plus CNG vehicles hold their value well. You can get a pretty decent amount for a CNG Ford Contour these days, a hell of a lot more than for a typical gasoline 4cyl Contour.
        Ziv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ziv
        I didn't know that about resale values, makes sense though. I am still wondering what the range is for the less expensive option at $6000. It would seem like the CNG ranges for the different option packages would be a factor they would want known.
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is the well to wheel pollution level with the fracking it need compare to gasoline or diesel. I might be interrested to buy a used bi-fuel ford fiesta 1 liter ecoboost in the future if there is such a package ever proposed. Criss m said one year ago that it is not a good thing to offer a vehicle with 2 different tanks.
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      And just where are people supposed to get this fuel other than commercial bus barns and other private fleet businesse's? In Washington State that is the only way you can get it, we've heard this same bunch of hype every couple of years like clockwork since the 1970's Best solution just, convert to propane where it is widely available.
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        Also, you do have the choice for either CNG or LPG. So if you want propane, you can get it. Read the press release.
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        Just looked up CNG stations in WA. Found 7 in Seattle area only. All public, no commercial bus barns i could see. Stop being so negative. http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/natural_gas_locations.html
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesse Gurr
          Thanks for the link. I found out that the closest public station to me is 98 miles (and two state lines) away. I know there is a large storage facility near me but it's not open to the public. Maybe I should petition the town or county to have them open a public station.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        If you have NG running to the house, you can buy a home compressor and refuel at home.
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