Light-duty pickup can run on compressed natural gas or propane
The 2016 Ford F-150 with the 5.0-liter V-8 engine is now available with a gaseous-fuel prep option. Customers can place orders for the half-ton pickup with optional package through their dealer.
With the new offering, Ford now offers eight vehicles with the capability to run on clean-burning CNG or propane. CNG conversions can provide stability against fluctuating fuel prices as well as lower vehicle operating costs for fleet administrators.
Another benefit of CNG alternative fuel is cleaner emissions. Vehicles operating on CNG can reduce tailpipe CO2 emissions by approximately 20 percent when compared with the same vehicle operating on gasoline, according to the company.
The factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package includes upgraded intake and exhaust valves and valve seats to ensure the engine performs to Built Ford Tough standards.
The 2016 F-150 models running on CNG or propane will be able to tow the same amount as if they were running on gasoline. Payload capability is the same as well — minus the weight of the installed CNG or propane system. Thanks to the use of light-weighting materials, the 2016 models with an installed CNG or propane system can haul hundreds of pounds more than a similarly equipped 2014 F-150, according to the company.
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.