There are Ford lovers everywhere who, for the past decade, have been torn apart by the low miles-per-gallon of their favourite F-150. The culture of innovation has always been one that Ford has adopted – and nearly invented early on in the company’s history – but the eco-friendly movement isn’t one that has always painted Ford in the most favourable light. In the past two decades, the company has made many innovations to give their cars and trucks higher ratings in not only customer satisfaction but also in environmental protection. The most recent innovations in 2014 and 2015 have now meant that the company has the most environmentally sound truck in the history of the company.
The F-150 series has been popular for Ford customers for many reasons but the fuel options for the series have been little to none. Those looking for an alternative fuel choice for their F-150 now have the opportunity to have that beginning with the 2014 F-150. The 2014 F-150 and the 2015 F-150 both have the option of being run on either compressed natural gas, otherwise known as CNG, or liquefied petroleum gas a.k.a. LPG.
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 was already a significant improvement on the traditional gasoline engine and a change that was welcomed with open arms by customers. With the additional possibility of CNG and LPG use, it makes the F-150 the first half-ton pickup truck available that comes manufactured with the ability to run on LPG and/or CNG.
Naturally for those that are new to the terms or who may only have a general idea of their meaning, liquefied petroleum gas and compressed natural gas aren’t typically associated with vehicles. When one thinks of petroleum, they think of a propane heater, or a barbecue, or a stove. Natural gas is commonly used for the same purposes. This isn’t typical for a car, let alone a truck.
CNG benefits are varied but when it comes down to it, many opt for it because of the lower fuel price. CNG averages at $2.11 per gallon relative to its gasoline equivalent. The average for regular fuel is presently set at an average of $3.66 per gallon. This not only means significant savings every time you go to the pump but on an annual basis, it represents hundreds of dollars that you don’t need to be put towards your vehicle.
The 2014 and 2015 Ford F-150 are operational on both natural gas and gasoline via independent fuel systems incorporated in the design of the vehicle. Outside of the F-150, there are a number of other vehicles available with this option to run on CNG/LPG fuel. These include the Transit Connect van and wagon; Transit van, wagon, cutaway, and chassis cab; the E-Series van, wagon, cutaway, and stripped chassis; the F-Series Super Duty pickup and F-350 chassis cab; the F-Series Super Duty chassis cab (F-450, F-550); the F-650 medium-duty truck; and the F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis.
Customer support for CNG/LPG has been consistent with the country’s commitment to fostering a better environmental future for all involved. The fact that Ford is incorporating this technology into their pickup truck serves to be revolutionary to how their trucks will be branded in the years to come. With the CNG/LPG setup, the customer is getting lower costs in fuel and lower emissions overall.
Once you’ve narrowed down your options, be sure to contact Ford before your next purchase and to inquire on whether the vehicles you have in mind is set up with CNG/LPG.
Naturally a common concern is whether there’s any effect on the performance of the vehicle. Be reassured that there is little to no effect on the actual performance of the truck itself. A customer is getting the same Ford service and the same Ford quality but with the added benefits of being able to put more money back into your pocket and to reduce your vehicle’s emissions by as much as 25%!
Whether it’s for commercial/business or personal use, the CNG/LPG way of running your vehicle is becoming increasingly popular for these reasons among others. Ford has seen sales of CNG/LPG equipped vehicles skyrocket at a 350% increase from 2009 to 2013. With CNG/LPG included in its newest makes and models, it means that Ford will be able to continue the company’s commitment to educating customers on a better option for their vehicle.Back