The state of Oklahoma, its agencies, and the city of Dallas, TX, have ordered a total of 321 Ford F-150 pickups that can run on compressed natural gas.
“For fleet customers in Oklahoma, Texas, and other states, a CNG F-150 really makes sense.”
Since 2010, Ford CNG-prepped truck sales have increased more than 250 percent, said Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sales manager. Cumulative sales are expected to exceed 50,000 trucks by the end of the year, and Ford expects demand for CNG-prepped vehicles to continue growing as more fleet customers recognize the economic and environmental benefits of this clean-burning fuel.
CNG-powered trucks lower costs and offer emissions benefits, and the alternative fuel is domestically-produced, Coleman explained. Operating costs can be as low as one third that of conventional vehicles. Typically, the fuel savings cover the cost of conversion within three years.
“For fleet customers in Oklahoma, Texas, and other states, a CNG F-150 really makes sense,” Coleman said. “The fuel is more affordable and widely available, and it reduces greenhouse gases and pollutants that cause smog.”
The 2014 F-150 is available with a gaseous-fuel prep option for the 3.7-liter V6 that can run on CNG or liquefied petroleum gas. CNG/LPG engine prep from the factory costs $315. The customer then chooses a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier to supply fuel tanks, fuel lines, and unique fuel injectors. Upfits run approximately $6,000 to $9,500, depending on tank capacity.
For fleet managers, CNG conversions can provide stability against fluctuating fuel prices, lower vehicle operating costs, and reduce pollutants. CNG sells for a national average $2.11 per gallon of gasoline equivalent, and is as low as $1.00 in parts of the country. By comparison, the national average for unleaded regular gas is $3.67 per gallon.
Customers can also accelerate the payback period by taking advantage of a growing number of incentives issued by states such as Oklahoma.