Westport Innovations announced the company will offer dedicated, liquid propane systems for 2016 Ford 5.0L F-150 trucks. This new liquid propane system will be offered in addition to Westport’s compressed natural gas (CNG) package for 2016 Ford F-150 trucks.
Both fuel options are part of the Westport WiNG Power System and are expected to be certified to EPA and CARB standards, the company said.
“We understand that many fleets use different types of alternative fuels based on availability and business needs,” said Paul Shaffer, vice president and managing director of Westport’s Dallas operations. “By offering dedicated liquid propane in addition to bi-fuel and dedicated CNG vehicles, we are evolving to a full-service alternative fuel provider for fleets operating the popular Ford F-150 pickup truck. We are putting the needs of fleets first and delivering stability to our customers’ supply chain by offering diverse alternative fuel options.”
Westport is taking advantage of Ford’s new natural gas and propane gaseous-prep package, which is now available on model year 2016 vehicles. Designed to transport passengers and cargo, the 2016 Ford F-150 offers a 5.0 L engine with improved emissions compared to gasoline, the company said. The new aluminum alloy body reduces the weight of the truck by as much as 700 lbs. In addition, the existing Ford OEM warranty remains intact.
According to Westport, the benefits of its new liquid propane system include:
• Standard 24-gallon fuel tank or optional 16-gallon tank
• Simplified maintenance of an easily replaceable inline filter
• No additional scanning tools required for diagnostic service
• Fuel pump life expectancy of 150,000 miles
• “Consistent volumetric efficiency resulting in superior power and emissions when compared to existing vapor propane systems”