The second-largest auto manufacturer in the U.S. has announced plans to offer a version of its F-150 pickup truck that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG).
Ford is seeking to further bolster its F-Series pickups, which have been the top-selling trucks in the U.S. for the past 36 years. Natural gas prices have fallen as U.S. production surged with horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Ford said the average U.S. price for CNG is equal to $2.11 a gallon, compared to $3.66 for regular gasoline.
The F-150 is “probably our No. 1 request out there right now, with people asking us” for a CNG system, Koswick said yesterday in a briefing near Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. The F-150 will be the eighth commercial vehicle that Ford will sell that can run on CNG.
The grants are distributed through the state Department of Environmental Protection. They’re targeted at smaller vehicle fleets for businesses, municipal governments and state agencies.