Ford’s F-150 Cleans Up with Natural Gas Option

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North America’s top-selling vehicle will soon be offered with a package that can run on either natural gas or gasoline. Photo: Ford

We like big trucks and we cannot lie. Well, that’s true for some of us, anyway — contractors, tradespeople, builders and anyone who listens to country music. And while there are an increasing number of cars running on alternative fuels, “greener” trucks are harder to come by.

But 2014 will bring with it at least one new option for those in the market for a new pickup, reports Treehugger. Ford announced it will offer its popular F-150 pickup with a factory-installed fuel-prep package that can operate on either natural gas or gasoline. The truck will have two separate fuel systems in its 3.7-liter V6 engine. The company estimates this F-150 will be able to travel more than 750 miles on one tank of gas, depending on the tank size chosen.

Because trucks typically burn much more fuel than cars — and because they’re popular among contractors, who put more miles on their cars than the average commuter — the move to make the F-150 more efficient and cleaner is a good one for the environment.

The move is a good one for Ford, too, which already enjoys the popularity its F-150 brings. The pickup is a perennial best-seller. July 2013 sales of the truck saw a 22 percent increase over July 2012 sales, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2014 F-150 will be less damaging to the air, as natural gas burns cleaner than gasoline and much cleaner than diesel. And CNG prices are cheaper than gasoline, selling at an average of $2.11 per gallon and as low as $1 in some parts of the country.

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