Ford has built the first aluminum-body F-150 with a factory gaseous-prep package at its Kansas City Assembly Plant that allows fleets to run the truck on compressed natural gas or propane autogas, the company has announced.
This 2016 F-150 is powered by a 5.0L Ti-VCT V-8 engine that can be paired with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons, and piston rings so it can operate on natural gas, propane autogas, or gasoline through separate fuel systems.
The package wasn't offered on the 2015-MY F-150 that included an extensive redesign that heavily incorporated aluminum components.
When equipped with a bi-fuel CNG or bi-fuel propane autogas engine package, the 5.0L V-8 F-150 is capable of traveling more than 750 miles on combined tanks of gasoline and CNG, depending on the tank size. The Ford F-150 with 5.0L V-8 has an EPA-estimated rating of 22 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg combined.
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.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet