The 2014 Ford F-150 powered by the carmaker’s 3.7-liter V-6 engine will be available with an equipment package that allows the pickup to be ran by compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas. According to Ford, the factory-installed prep kit on the F-150 includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons and rings for running either natural gas or regular gasoline using separate fuel systems.
The $315 optional package will be available when the carmaker launches the 2014 F-150 this fall. Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager, said in a statement that businesses and fleet customers have been asking the carmaker to have the F-150 F-150 available with CNG capability to take advantage of the fuel's low price and clean emissions. He said that savings for using CNG will allow customers to see payback on their investment in as little as 24 to 36 months.
The CNG/LPG fuel systems are installed on the 2014 F-150 by six up-fitter companies, known as "qualified vehicle modifiers." Ford will honor the engine warranty for a system installed by one of the six up-fitter companies. The carmaker estimates conversions to cost between $8,000 and $11,000 per vehicle, depending on the size of the fuel tank. Ford's estimated 24-36 month payback period is based on the difference between the price of natural gas and regular gasoline.
According the carmaker, it is on pace to sell over 15,000 CNG/LPG-prepped vehicles in 2013, reflecting a 25-percent increase over 2012. Ford started offering natural gas conversion in 2009 with the E-series van. Since then, the carmaker has been converting Super Duty pickups, the Transit Connect and several medium-duty trucks to CNG/LPG.