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First Natural Gas- And Propane-Ready 2016 Ford F-150 Rolls Off The Line

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The first-ever 2016 Ford F-150 factory-prepared for burning Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and propane in addition to gasoline has just rolled off the line at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant. Ford Motor Company is the only automaker to offer a CNG/propane-ready half-ton pickup from the factory.

New-for-this-year, the Gaseous-Fuel Prep option offered on the 5.0-liter V8-equipped 2016 Ford F-150 allows owners to run either conventional gasoline, or gaseous fuels like CNG and propane, by using separate fuel systems. The $315 option only covers preparations to the engine, however; the buyer must find an appropriate aftermarket upfitter to supply the additional tank, lines, and injectors.

Ford estimates that the upfit can cost anywhere from $6,000 to $9,500 through a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier.

The result for the 2016 Ford F-150 is up to 750 miles of total range on a combination of gasoline and CNG – depending on tank size – plus the capacity to greatly lower emissions and running costs thanks to natural gas’ comparatively clean burn and low price. Says Ford Fleet Sustainability and Technology Manager Jon Coleman: “It’s exciting to see the first F-150s with the CNG/propane-prepped 5.0-liter V8 headed to customers. Whether running on gasoline, gaseous fuel or both, the 5.0-liter V8 F-150 offers hardworking customers terrific towing and payload and now, the ability to operate on alternative fuel.”

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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