Ford Adds Natural Gas Prep Package To F-450 and F-550 6.8L V-10 Chassis Cab Trucks
Good news, fleet people: Ford is offering you even more. You already know that Ford offers Compressed Natural Gas and Propane conversion preparation packages for a number of its fleet vehicles, but today that number increases by two as Ford adds the F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks.
As you know, Ford's been stepping up their game in the alternative fuel fleet arena, adding CNG and LPG prep packages to the E-Series van and the new Transit Connect Van in the past year, and fleet purchasers are ecstatic. Now, Ford's expanding the line even further with the F-450 and F-550's 6.8-liter V-10 engine, whose hardened exhaust valves and valve seats made it ripe for conversion.
Later this year, Ford will expand the range even further and bring CNG and LPG capability to both the F-53 motor home chassis and the new F-59 commercial strip chassis.
"Compressed natural gas and propane offer more than sufficient power for vehicles because they are high-energy fuels," said Rob Stevens, Ford's commercial vehicle chief engineer. "Other natural benefits for these fuels are overall lower emissions of greenhouse gases compared to gasoline and lower fuel/operating costs for their fleet."
CNG and LPG carry significant advantages. Both burn cleaner than gasoline, reducing emissions, and CNG is typically cheaper than gasoline. What's more, 87 percent of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. is produced here as well and there are significant tax credits for fleets that switch to the cleaner fuels. Ford even provides aftermarket outfitters with information on proper engine calibration for the conversion so that fleet operators can maintain their factory warranties.