Is CNG or LPG in Your Truck Future?

A few minutes of clicking around Your Ideas will make one thing clear: the Ford Social community is really interested in innovative, eco-friendly ways to power cars and trucks. Nearly every source of alternative energy is explored, from a plug-in electric propane hybrid to an integrated wind turbine.

While those two suggestions are quite specific, many are broader requests, like this one from Charles G., asking for alternative fuel options in an F-150. He has owned several Ford pickups and SUVs in the past, and loves their spacious interiors and elevated ride, but he is looking for fuel options that provide a lower cost of operation in his next purchase.

Truck fans like Charles, who love the F-150 but are looking for alternative-fuel options, will have a host of reasons to get excited for the 2014 model year. The 2014 Ford F-150 will be available with an engine having the ability to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Not only is this new fuel option for the Ford F-150 in addition to a line of efficient conventional gasoline engines, including the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6, but it also makes the F-150 the only half-ton pickup on the market that can be ordered directly from the automaker with an engine able to run on LPG or CNG.

What is LPG and CNG? You are probably familiar with both; LPG is liquid propane gas, and CNG is compressed natural gas. Propane is used for heaters and to fuel stoves and other appliances in motorhomes, and also as a home fuel. Natural gas is widely used in homes to fuel stoves, water heaters, heaters and so on.

A primary motivation for using CNG as a vehicle fuel is price. Currently, CNG sells for an average of $2.11 per gallon of gasoline equivalent. With the national average for unleaded regular fuel at $3.66 per gallon, that represents a significant savings over conventional fuel.

Ordering a 2014 Ford F-150 with the CNG/LPG engine will first provide a factory prep so it can operate on either natural gas or gasoline through separate fuel systems. Post-factory work done by a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier will supply fuel tanks, fuel lines and unique fuel injectors to complete the process.

In the next year, Ford will have eight vehicles available with a gaseous-prep option to run on CNG/LPG:

  • Transit Connect van and wagon
  • Transit van, wagon, cutaway and chassis cab
  • E-Series van, wagon, cutaway and stripped chassis
  • F-Series Super Duty® pickup and F-350 chassis cab
  • F-Series Super Duty chassis cab (F-450, F-550)
  • F-650 medium-duty truck
  • F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis
  • 2014 F-150 light-duty pickup

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William S This is a great option for the F150 lineup. Years ago I maintained a fleet of L.P.G. large delivery vans and they ran great. I can see any company that owns a fleet of trucks wanting this option today to take advantage of the fuel cost savings.
11 months(s) ago via
Carlos S Trucks and SUV's are great, and Ford is always on top of everything, But listen, most luxury vehicles are nice rides too. Most of prestige automobiles use rear wheels transmissions and rear axle. remember the crown vic, one of the most successful cars bulited until 2011.  It was to big, fuel expensive, and famous. Why don't you guys think of a big car, fuel efficient, fast and a good replacement for the few thousands of customers, that will be amazed to have a different option. 
11 months(s) ago via
lori bring back the f250 v10.real men want to drive real trucks.not sissy stuff!
11 months(s) ago via
Thomas Broussard Thomas B Hey Ford your almost there why not go all the way? This truck needs to come off the line cng complete with a built in compressor to fill the cng tank at night under my carport. The small compressor would shutoff automatically when the tank is full.
11 months(s) ago via
Paul When I need a new 1/2 ton truck, this will be it! I drove a cng car in Atlanta for about 2 years and loved it!
11 months(s) ago via
Bob Ernst How about reprising the Ranger?  Folks who want a small pickup are being forced to go with either GM, or, yuck, the foreign market.  Put the EcoBoost V-6 in it and it'd be a powerful economical seller.As for the F-150, I don't think enough supply exists for CNG to be a desirable fuel certainly isn't in Wyoming.  A diesel F-150 would make a perfect trailer puller for me.
11 months(s) ago via
Thurston Munn $2.11 vs $3.66 per gal of unleaded fuel. The current price is closer to $3.00 per gal. Also there is no mention of the upcharge for this conversion. Another fact missing is that CNG while very clean burning is about 10% less effiecient than gasoline. With those facts in mind what is the true savings or real world how many miles does one actually have to drive a vehicle like this before there is any savings at all?? What is the true cost to own ?
11 months(s) ago via
Jim E Jim E so why not a deisel truck, great power, great milage.
11 months(s) ago via
Daryl P We took a 2003 Mustang GT Street Legal Muscle Car and converted it to be a Bi-Fuel vehicle that also runs on CNG. .
1 year(s) ago via
Joel Okay, so this truck is "green" so you have to make it ugly?  Why not import the beautiful S Max to North America? Make it an Energi model, Ford would sell a million of them.  Producing an Escape Energi is also a no-brainer.Back to the truck, few people will choose the ugly duck over a Tacoma or the new 2015 Colorado.  Why not produce a new Ford Energi truck with the awesome new Aston Martin styling of the other new Fords?Joel, San Diego
1 year(s) ago via
Brad B Hey Ford !  CNG/LPG, I like the idea.  But (there always is one) the refill stations are out there, just not like the standard tokem gas pumps are we all grew up with in ther 1960s.  As soon as the refill stations become better know the popularity of this will explode.  
1 year(s) ago via
jeff payne make a hydrogen engine that runs on water
1 year(s) ago via
Joey H solar hybrid / biodiesel renewable for the win
1 year(s) ago via
Scott I have a small fleet of trucks for my construction business and my own diesel tank.  Why doesn't Ford offer a diesel engine in a small pickup (ranger of 150)?
1 year(s) ago via
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