Ford says it is the only manufacturer of a CNG/propane-capable half-ton pickup.
Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager, says the company surveyed customers likely to use natural gas or propane and found 72 percent wanted to have alternative-fuel capabilities available on F-150 with the 5.0-liter V8 engine.
The 2016 F-150 trucks running on CNG or propane will be able to tow the same amount as if they were running on gasoline. Payload capability is the same as well, minus the weight of the installed CNG or propane system, Ford says.
Because of the use of advanced light-weighting materials, the 2016 F-150 with an installed CNG or propane system can haul hundreds of pounds more than a similarly equipped 2014 F-150, Ford says.
CNG conversions can provide stability against fluctuating fuel prices as well as lower vehicle operating costs for fleet administrators. CNG sells for an average of $2.11 per gallon of gasoline equivalent, as of April 30, and is as low as $1 in some parts of the country, representing a significant savings compared with unleaded regular fuel, and an even greater savings compared with diesel.
The national average for unleaded regular fuel is $2.58 per gallon, while diesel sells for an average $2.81 per gallon, as of April 30.