Noting that the demand for trucks has been rising nearly as fast as the price of the gasoline to fuel them, Ford Motor Co. announced that it will offer the 2014 F-150 pickup (with 3.7 V6 engine) with the option of operating on both gasoline and compressed natural gas.
With CNG prices now running at about $2.11 per gallon as compared to the nearly$4 per gallon for gasoline drivers are now being forced to pay across the country, having a choice is certainly appealing.
“Thanks to the money saved using CNG, consumers could start to see payback on their investment in as little as 2-3 years,” stated Ford Fleet Sustainability and Technology Manager Jon Coleman.
The new F-150’s will be the 8th vehicle in the Company’s CNG-ready line-up, which included compressed natural gas options for its E-series and Transit vans, as well as the F-350 series.
Although compressed natural gas is cheaper, cleaner and becoming more plentiful, major drawbacks to using it to fuel cars and trucks include the fact there are very few refueling stations are available throughout the country, as well as the fact that including the option to run on dual fuels can add as much as $10,000 or more to the sticker price.
Still, Ford stated that it expects to sell more than 15,000 of the altered vehicles in 2014, and noted that AT & T has already bought 650 F-350 trucks with the CNG option for its national fleet.