2016 Ford F-150 CNG / Propane Model Gets V-8
Ford Expects Popularity to Increase with New Engine
Gasoline prices saw a brief respite as record-high oil inventories pushed prices down to less than $3 a gallon in many parts of the country. But prices for liquid hydrocarbons are on the rise once again. Rising gasoline prices potentially bode well for sales of alternative fuel vehicles. Following customer feedback for the F-150 with the gaseous fuel prep option, Ford decided to offer the option on the 2016 F-150 with the 5.0L V-8, as compared to the previous-generation F-150, which offered the gaseous fuel prep option only with the base 3.7L V-6.
Even better, Ford claims payload and towing capacity with the gaseous fuel option is the same as with the gasoline model. Of course, the big issue with some CNG packages, especially bi-fuel models, is the auxiliary tank mounted in the bed taking up the extra room. But among the six Ford-authorized Qualified Vehicle Modifiers (QVM), many offer an under-bed mounting option for the gaseous fuel tanks, allowing for full use of the bed.
A significant 72 percent of likely buyers for gaseous-fuel F-150s indicated they’d be most interested in the V-8, prompting the engine change. But even with availability restricted to the 3.7L V-6 in the last-generation model, sales exceeded company expectations by 40 percent.