- The 2014 Ford F-150 will be offered this fall with a gaseous-fuel prep package that enables it to run on compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas.
- The option is available on the 2014 Ford F-150 with a 3.7-liter V6 engine.
- The CNG/LPG engine package will enable the F-150 to achieve more than 750 miles on one tank of gas, Ford said.
DEARBORN, Michigan — The 2014 Ford F-150 will be offered this fall with a gaseous-fuel prep package that enables it to run on compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas, upping the ante when it comes to alt-fuel choices in the pickup truck segment.
The factory-installed option is available on the 2014 Ford F-150 with a 3.7-liter V6 engine.
The CNG/LPG engine package will enable the F-150 to achieve more than 750 miles on one tank of gas, Ford said. The EPA had not posted any information about the F-150 CNG as of Tuesday.
The 2013 Ford F-150 2WD model equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission returns 16 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
Ford said the CNG/LPG engine prep option costs approximately $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-$9,500, depending on the fuel-tank capacity, the company said.
Ford said CNG sells for an average of $2.11 per gallon of gasoline equivalent and is as low as $1 in some parts of the country, "representing a significant savings over unleaded regular fuel."
With the addition of the F-150, Ford will have eight vehicles available to run on CNG/LPG, including the Transit Connect van and wagon and F-Series Super Duty pickup, the company said.
The alt-fuel F-150 debuts at a time when gas prices nationwide are falling. Regular-grade gasoline prices have fallen from an average of $3.66 per gallon on June 10, 2013, to $3.49 per gallon on July 8, 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
The U.S. Department of Energy says there are 596 CNG stations in the U.S., excluding private stations.
Last year, General Motors launched bi-fuel versions of the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD extended-cab pickup trucks. The vehicles include a compressed natural gas-capable Vortec 6.0-liter V8 engine that seamlessly transitions between CNG and gasoline fuel systems.
Chrysler offers the 2013 Ram 1500 Heavy Duty CNG pickup for fleet and commercial customers. The Ram Heavy Duty CNG is powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and features both compressed gas storage tanks and a choice of 8- or 35-gallon gasoline fuel tanks.
Edmunds says: Ford shakes up the pickup truck market with the F-150 CNG option, a fuel that results in cleaner emissions, with about 85 percent of the CNG used in the U.S. produced domestically.