Ford to offer F-150 with CNG upgrade from Dallas company

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Want a tough 2016 Ford F-150 with the 5.0-liter V8 engine? Want to use compressed natural gas as a fuel?

You can get one. Ford, along with Westport Innovations of Dallas, announced at the Alternative Fuel Expo in Dallas on Tuesday that they will offer the light-duty pickup can be modified and made capable of running on compressed natural gas or propane.

Ford has sold more than 57,000 vehicles prepped to run on clean, low-cost compressed natural gas and propane – seven times more than all other major U.S. automakers combined – since 2009, according to the company.

Ford offers a portfolio of natural gas and propane offerings, including 2016 F-150 and Super Duty trucks, and Transit and Transit Connect vans and wagons

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Westport Innovations said plans to offer 2016 Ford F-150 trucks for use with the compressed natural gas (CNG) Westport WiNG Power System, and certify to EPA and CARB standards. The first 2016 F-150 featuring the Westport WiNG Power System is expected to be available for order this summer.

“The F-150 with the 5.0 liter engine is a significant fleet vehicle, as fleets prefer its size, fuel economy and price. This will create a tremendous opportunity for fleets that previously had purchased heavy-duty pickups, but really preferred the benefits of light-duty trucks,” said Paul Shaffer, vice president Westport Dallas.

The Ford F-150 pickup truck is available with a 17 gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) or 23 GGE tank. Westport engineers are currently evaluating underbody tank options as well. The existing Ford OEM warranty remains intact.

CNG/propane 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 $7,500 to $9,500 depending on fuel tank capacity, according to Ford.

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CNG conversions can provide stability against fluctuating fuel prices as well as lower vehicle operating costs for fleet administrators, according to Ford. CNG sells for an average of $2.11 per gallon of gasoline equivalent, as of April 30, 2015, and is as low as $1 in some parts of the country, representing a significant savings compared with unleaded regular fuel, and an even greater savings compared with diesel. The national average for unleaded regular fuel is $2.58 per gallon, while diesel sells for an average $2.81 per gallon, as of April 30. Other companies will offer the CNG upgrade also.

Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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