Ford unveiled its gaseous-fuel prep package that enables 5.0-liter V8-powered models to run on compressed natural gas or propane at the ACT Expo in Dallas, Texas Monday.
The $315 engine upfit option will be available on the 2016 Ford F150, and makes Ford the only manufacturer of a CNG/propane-capable half-ton V8 pickup.
Ford’s factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep V8 package includes upgraded intake and exhaust valves and valve seats to ensure the engine can handle the fuels.
“We surveyed customers likely to use natural gas or propane, and 72 percent told us they want to have these alternative-fuel capabilities available on F-150 with the 5.0-liter V8 engine,” says Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager.
Ford says 2016 F-150s running on CNG or propane will be able to tow the same amount as gasoline fueled models. Payload capability is the same as well – minus the weight of the installed CNG or propane system.
The CNG/propane conversion itself, handled by select Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers on a ship-through basis, includes the installation of supply fuel tanks, fuel lines and unique fuel injectors.
Such upfits run approximately $7,500 to $9,500 depending on fuel tank capacity.