Ford announced that starting with the manufacture of the 2016 Ford F150, consumers can choose the option of a 5.0-liter V8 engine fuelled by natural gas. This isn’t the first green vehicle from Ford, as the car manufacturer had offered a similar option for the 3.5-liter V6 2014 Ford F150 and F-Series Super Duty trucks. The 2016 Ford F150 is due to go on sale this winter but orders will start being taken this summer.
With the economy having been adversely affected by the prices of fossil fuels, Ford has decided to have the alternative-fuel capabilities available on F-150. These 2016 trucks will be upgraded on the assembly line at the Ford Company, but not completely converted until they reach one of four conversion stations. The manufacture adds stronger exhaust valves and valve seats. If gaseous-fuel prep package is what the consumer desires, total cost for this is $315.00. The Ford Company then ships these trucks to the Ford-certified shop where the setup is completed, by adding fuel tanks, lines and fuel injectors for natural gas or propane. The price of the total conversion depends upon the fuel tank capacity, which could be between $7,000 – $9,000. Ford Company has partnered partners with the Ford Company namely, Qualified Vehicle Modifiers in North Carolina, Dallas, Texas and Adrian, Michigan, and Sterling Heights, Michigan, who are licensed to do these conversions.
Consumers have the assurance of factory warranties for these converted vehicles. However, problems and warranties with the conversion side of these trucks are through the stations that did the conversion. With America’s unstable gas prices, consumers are happy to know the gas consumption is cheaper for natural gas or propane, running a bit over $2.00 per gallon compared with nearly $3.00 per gallon for traditional gasoline.
The consumers who stand to benefit the most from using these vehicles are companies who rely upon fleets of trucks. These companies can easily secure their own fuel supplies for gas consumption. Consumers may run into some problems securing fueling stations for natural or propane gas as there are only 500 such stations across the United States open to the public.