Fuel has really become a hot topic when it comes to the discussion of transportation these days.
After all, it is the necessary evil that gets us all from Point A to Point B.
Economically speaking – gas prices seem to rise and fall in unpredictable ways and, despite the fall, they always seem too high.
And, environmentally speaking – well, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) have issued the Federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards that require 2012 to 2016 models to deliver a minimum fuel economy of 34.1 miles per gallon.
With natural gas prices at only $2.11 per gallon and the success had by Ford in its lineup of bi-fuel commercial vehicles, it only makes sense to extend a similar option to its best-selling vehicle and leader of the full-size pickup truck segment.
We are talking about the Ford F-150.
That’s right – the 2014 Ford F-150 will come with an option to be powered by either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
It will be the only half-ton pickup truck available with this option.
“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 Ford Fleet Sustainability and Technology Manager Jon Coleman.
And, Ford plans to extend the option to seven more of its commercial vehicles throughout the year.
A Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier will install a natural gas prep kit that includes specially engineered valves, valve seats, pistons and rings that allow the motor to operate on CNG, LPG or regular gasoline.
Powered by either, the 2014 Ford F-150 will offer a range of up to 750 miles at 23 miles per gallon.
Paul Obaugh Ford is excited for the arrival of the 2014 Ford F-150 on its Staunton Virginia lots.