Many drivers are on the lookout for ways they can improve their truck's performance without emptying their wallet. While certain truck mods are ideal for these kinds of improvements, there are other instances where you need to go straight to the source. That's why many manufacturers are doing their part to make trucks and SUVs eco-friendly, including the latest announcement from Ford, which detailed how 2014 models of the F-150 will have the ability to run on compressed natural gas (CNG).
The 2014 Ford F-150 will have all of the capabilities drivers have come to expect from the manufacturer, including a gas tank that can handle traditional fuel. However, the truck will also run on CNG - the only half-ton pickup to be able to do so. CNG-ready trucks can stretch one tank of gas into as many as 750 miles of driving, Ford claims.
"Businesses and fleet customers have been asking Ford to make F-150 available with CNG capability to take advantage of the fuel's low price and clean emissions," said Jon Coleman, manager of Ford fleet sustainability and technology. "With the money saved using CNG, customers start to see payback on their investment in as little as 24 to 36 months."
Ford embraces sustainability
This move to CNG-friendly vehicles is just the latest in a series of sustainability efforts for Ford. While using CNG as fuel is a first in the world of trucks, it is the eighth such model from the American automaker. The brand also has a variety of hybrids and other alternative-fuel vehicles that are viable options for many drivers in the U.S.
"We're almost halfway to our company-wide goal of deploying 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles by the end of year 2018," said Jerome Webber, vice president of Ford's global fleet operations. "Vehicles such as the CNG F-350s from Ford have helped us avoid purchasing 7.7 million gallons of gasoline over the past five years while reducing our fleet's emissions."
Fans of off-road driving may not be convinced that these alternative fuels will provide the power they need to beat any off-roading obstacle. However, they may be happily surprised to learn the initial judgments surrounding these new F-150s are that they are the same high-quality automobiles Ford drivers have come to expect, and the type of fuel used won't impact the type of truck mods motorists can make.