First Propane and CNG-Capable 2016 Ford F-150 Rolls Off Line in Kansas City
Gaseous-Fuel Prep Option Available for 5.0L V-8
The first compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane-capable current-generation Ford F-150 recently rolled off the assembly line as a 2016 model. Available on pickups powered by the 5.0L V-8, Ford’s gaseous-fuel prep package adds hardened valves, valve seats, pistons, and piston rings, enabling it to run on CNG or propane, in addition to regular ol’ gasoline.
As such, the 2016 F-150 is now the only 1/2-ton pickup available with a gaseous-fuel option. The bi-fuel system gives public works, fleet managers, and other organizations a cheap, clean fuel alternative, while also expanding driving range (since both the gasoline and gaseous-fuel systems can be used. Ford says highway range expands to up to 700 miles with the gaseous-fuel prep package.
We’ve covered the highs and lows of alternative fuel in other stories here on TruckTrend.com, but Ford points out another benefit: Since approximately 90 percent of the U.S.’s propane supply is produced domestically, using propane helps reduce dependency on foreign power sources.
The bi-fuel F-150 joins the F-Series Super Duty, Transit, and Transit Connect in Ford’s CNG/propane-ready fleet. Additionally, Ford’s heavier-duty F-650 and F-750 chassis cabs, F-53 and F-59 stripped-chassis, and E-Series are available with bi-fuel options.