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Ford to offer F-150 in Canada that runs on Compressed Natural Gas or Gasoline

Ford will offer the 2014 F-150 with an optional engine that has 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-litre 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-litre V6 F-150 is equipped with a CNG/LPG engine package, it is capable of achieving more than 1,200 kilometres on one tank of gas, depending on the tank size selected. The Ford F-150 averages 32 US 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.  

CNG/LPG engine prep from the factory costs approximately $375 before the customer chooses a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier to supply fuel tanks, fuel lines and unique fuel injectors. Up fit pricing will vary depending on fuel tank capacity.  

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 in North America, an increase of more than 25 per cent from 2012. 

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 100,000 km); 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.  

Another benefit of this alternative fuel: Cleaner emissions. CNG usage can result in up to 30 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions.