The wait is over for farmers wanting pickups that can be fueled with compressed natural gas – methane. Ford recently announced that the 2014 F-150 truck has a CNG/LPG option – a first for half-ton pickups.
Chevrolet previously announced that the launch of a CNG version of its Chevy Impala, due out next summer for the 2015 model year.
The 2014 Ford F-150 with 3.7-liter V6 engine is available with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package. That package includes hardened valves, valve seats, and pistons and rings so it can operate on either natural gas or gasoline through separate fuel systems.
As a bi-fuel vehicle, it can roll more than 750 miles on the combined tanks. "CNG capability takes advantage of the fuel's low price and clean emissions," says Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager.
The factory-installed package costs $315. But the upfit must include fuel tanks, fuel lines and unique fuel injectors costing between $6,000 to $9,500 depending on fuel tank capacity.
That cost can be reduces somewhat depending on state incentives such as tax rebates or incentives for CNG-converted vehicles.
Most CNG trucks coming
By next summer, Ford expects to offer a number of vehicles with the gaseous-prep option. That includes:
* 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
Ford maintains the engine and powertrain limited warranty for five years or 60,000 miles. The upfits must be installed by qualified modifiers, also responsible for the system component warranty.
Compressed natural gas
Compressed natural gas is mainly composed of methane, the chief fuel produced by anaerobic manure digesters. It's stored and distributed in hard containers at a pressure of approximately 3,600 psi.