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Ford Unveils 2016 Gaseous Fuel Prep F-150

Ford said that the 2016 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck will now be offered with a gaseous-fuel prep option to feature a CNG fuel system.

The gaseous-fuel prep option will be available on all models with the 5.0L V8 engine. The engine will be available to order this summer with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes upgraded intake and exhaust valves as well as valve seats.

CNG/propane engine prep from the factory will cost the buyer $315. The customer can then choose a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier to supply the fuel tanks, fuel lines and unique fuel injectors. Conversions typically cost between $7,500 and $9,500, depending on fuel tank capacity.

Ford said that four alternative-fuel vehicle modifiers will offer CNG bi-fuel and dedicated kits for the 2016 F-150. They are Altech-Eco, based in Asheville, North Carolina; IMPCO Automotive of Sterling Heights, Michigan; Westport of Dallas, Texas; and Venchurs Vehicle Systems, based in Adrian, Michigan.

Ford maintains the engine and powertrain limited warranty, at five years or 60,000 miles, for the vehicle. The modifier will be responsible for the system component warranty.

With the addition of the 2016 F-150, Ford now offers eight commercial vehicles available from its factory with a gaseous-fuel prep option, ranging from the Transit Connect vans to the F-750.

The company, which sold 16,821 commercial vehicles with CNG/propane gaseous engine-prep packages in 2014, noted that 2015 is shaping up to be an even stronger year.