The tree hugging F-150 is back.
The first Ford 2016 F-150s capable of running on natural gas are now rolling off the production line in Kansas City. The CNG option is returning to the road after taking a year off, while Ford introduced the all-new aluminum bodied F-150 in 2015.
The 2016 model makes adjustments to a larger 5.0-liter engine instead of the 3.7-liter CNG engine option in 2014. Ford says 2016 F-150 with the the bi-fuel CNG/propane 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine package gets a combined gas and CNG cruise range of over 750 miles depending on tank size. The 5.0-liter V8 gets an estimated 22 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined.
So how much will you shell out for one? The CNG factory prep costs $315. You then choose a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier to supply the fuel tanks, lines, and injectors. Depending on the fuel tank capacity, all the upfits add up to about $6,000 to $9,500 in addition to the truck’s MSRP.
It’s environmentally friendly thanks to the fact that compressed natural gas is clean-burning. It reduces tailpipe CO2 emissions by about 20 percent. This means it’s a lot better for the earth than the standard gas burning F-150. Once you get past the initial CNG costs, it’s also pocketbook friendly because natural fuel is cheaper. Even though fuel prices are low right now, Ford thinks alternative fuel options like this one will still appeal to customers. It especially expects it to do well with fleet buying companies.
“It’s exciting to see the first F-150s with the CNG/propane-prepped 5.0-liter V8 headed to customers. Whether running on gasoline, gaseous fuel or both, the 5.0-liter V8 F-150 offers hardworking customers terrific towing and payload and now, the ability to operate on alternative fuel,” says Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager.
“In 2014, we sold more than 2,100 F-150s with the gaseous fuel prepped V6 engine – nearly twice our forecast. We expect the sell even more new 5.0-liter V8 equipped F-150s with the gaseous fuel option, thanks to the improved capability that fleet customers want,” says Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group marketing manager.
Ford says about 90 percent of the United States’ propane supply is produced domestically.