CNG Powered Ford F-250 Tackles Moab
In a sign of things to come (maybe), Venchurs Vehicle System showed off a bifuel Ford F-250 Park Ranger pickup at the Easter Jeep Safari held at Moab, Utah. Does this compressed natural gas powered truck pave the way for more consumer pickups to follow suit or is CNG still limited by horsepower issues?The story written by Jake Lingeman of Autoweek.com suggests that the truck did fairly well for most trials while being unable to climb the most difficult trails. It is a 6.2-liter V8, stock F-250 that uses CNG or gasoline as needed and can be switched seamlessly while driving.
While driving the truck, Lingeman, said it handled and drove just like the stock F-250 albiet slower. He tested it on the street and on a short loop through Fins and Things, one of Moab’s easy-to-medium trails and it did just fine.
Pat Muldroon, vice president of product development engineering for Venchurs said the truck has a total range of 650 miles, 250-275 on the 21.2 gallon CNG tank and about 400 on the gasoline. Furthermore, it produces 80 percent less poisonous NOx when running on CNG and 30 percent less CO2.
For it to be a Moab truck, Venchurs worked to make the truck off-road capable by adding:
- 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud-Terrains
- Off-road skid plates
- 2-inch lift
- Bilestein shocks
What also makes this story interesting is the fact that gas prices have risen so quickly as of late. CNG, by comparison, was recently reported as being $2.09 a gallon according to AOL Autos. Plus, the city of Moab just built its first CNG station this year.
“It’s the fuel of the future,” said Muldoon, according to Autoweek.com. “We haven’t built any refineries for the last 40 years, and we’ve lost 60. Gas isn’t getting any cheaper.”
So great another fleet only type of CNG-powered truck for the Government. Right? Wrong. While Venchurs is currently focused on fleet sales, customers can order the gaseous prep package for the F-250 now. The conversion will cost less than $10,000 according to Muldoon. Plus, Venchurs is a certified Ford Quality Vehicle Modifier meaning warranties will remain in place.
What does this mean for other truck manufactures? With Dodge building a CNG powered Ram and now this Ford conversion kit, will a CNG Tundra be on the market soon? Or is it still a case with CNG being better for the environment, not your wallet, which will drive Governments to buy them, not consumers?
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