Ford starts the production of its natural gas powered 2016 Ford F-150 image

The first 2016 Ford F-150 with the ability to run on clean-burning compressed natural gas has rolled off the assembly line at the Kansas City plant.

Production of the first compressed natural gas and propane-capable 2016 Ford F-150 has begun at the Kansas City assembly line. Ford last offered the F-150 with the option of running on CNG or propane for the 2014 model year fitted with the 3.7-liter V6 engine, but not for the 2015 pickup. The alternative is now coming back for the 2016 Ford F-150 with the 5.0-litre Ti-VCT V8 engine. The unit is available with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package including hardened valves, valve seats, pistons and piston rings so it can operate on natural gas, propane or gasoline through separate fuel systems. When equipped with a bi-fuel CNG/propane engine package, the pickup is capable of achieving more than 750 miles on combined tanks of gasoline and CNG, depending on tank size. The Ford F-150 with 5.0-liter V8 has an EPA-estimated rating of 22 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg combined. It is a welcome addition to Ford’s range, but with fuel prices in the US at lowest level since 2008, this option is more appropriate for fleet customers

“In 2014, we sold more than 2,100 F-150s with the gaseous fuel prepped V6 engine, nearly twice our forecasts,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group marketing manager. “We expect to 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.” CNG/LPG engine prep from the factory costs 315 dollars before the customer chooses a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier to supply fuel tanks, fuel lines and unique fuel injectors. Upfits run approximately 6,000 dollars to 9,500 dollars, depending on fuel tank capacity. The main benefit of this alternative fuel is cleaner emissions, as a car on CNG can reduce tailpipe CO2 emissions by approximately 20 percent compared with the same vehicle running on gasoline