Oklahoma, Dallas Make Big Purchase of CNG Ford F-150s
Purchase Part of Regional Initiative to Increase Use of Alternative Fuel
Natural gas is widely used around the country for heating, cooking, and electricity generation, but it is becoming an increasingly popular vehicle fuel, especially for fleets looking to cut their costs and carbon footprint. For regions with abundant supplies of natural gas, adding to or replacing portions of their fleet with CNG vehicles could yield substantial cost savings, with the cost of fuel being as low as about $1 per gallon equivalent.
The state of Oklahoma and the city of Dallas, Texas, have together ordered a total of 321 2014 Ford F-150 bi-fuel CNG trucks, capable of running on either natural gas or gasoline. Since 2010, sales of CNG-prepped Ford trucks has increased more than 250 percent, and Ford is poised to sell as many as 15,000 CNG-capable vehicles by the end of 2014.
In addition to the CNG F-150 (the only ½-ton pickup available with a factory CNG-prep option), Ford offers seven other CNG-capable vehicles, including the 2014 Ford F-150 CNG Comes Out of Kansas City Read more: http://www.trucktrend.com/features/news/2013/163_news131122_2014_ford_f_150_cng/#ixzz31AeqoNvP" title="First Test: 2012 Ford F-250 XLT Westport CNG - Truck Trend" target="_blank">F-Series Super Duty, Transit and Transit Connect cargo and passenger vans, and F-650 medium-duty truck. No official announcement has yet been made regarding the availability of a CNG-capable option on the 2015 F-150, but it’s expected to be made available sometime after the truck's official production rollout.