Pick-up trucks are often used for work by contractors and those who drive more than an average commuter. If a CNG driven truck is used, it could save some money for the users and also is more clean and efficient. A pickup truck is 50% more effective than a compact car.
With this in mind, Ford will offer a compressed natural gas (CNG) version of its 2014 F150 pickup truck, a best-seller in North America.
The 2014 Ford F-150 comes with 3.7-liter V6 engine with a factory-installed, gaseous fuel prepackage that accommodates hardened valves, valve seats, pistons and rings so it can operate on both natural gas and gasoline. The engine is capable of achieving more than 750 miles on a tank of gas, but depends on size of the tank. The vehicle averages 23 mpg on the highway.
Natural gas emits cleaner than gasoline. According to U.S. Department of Energy, CNG emits approximately “6% to 11% lower levels of GHGs than gasoline throughout the fuel life cycle.
Though CNG has polluting properties, it is believed that improvements could be brought in soon. CNG sells for an average of $2.11 per gallon and in some parts of the US it is available for $1. Looks like Ford is looking to tap buyer interest with the new addition to its lineup.