Westport Innovations Inc. has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) and bi-fuel CNG Westport WiNG™ Power System models of the Ford 5.0L F-150 trucks for Model Year (MY) 2016. This marks the first time that Ford has offered gaseous prep in the 5.0L F-150—the best selling vehicle in both the United States and Canada.
As well as achieving EPA certification for the dedicated CNG and Bi-Fuel CNG models, Westport has already received EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification on a number of other MY 2016 vehicles, including the F-250/350 6.2L in both bi-fuel (EPA) and dedicated (EPA and CARB); the F-450/550 6.8L in dedicated CNG (EPA); and the E-450 6.8L in dedicated CNG (EPA).
Westport also has pending certifications for the F-150 dedicated CNG (CARB); F-150 dedicated LPG (EPA and CARB); Transit Van/Wagon 3.7L dedicated CNG (EPA and CARB); and the E-450 dedicated CNG (CARB).
Speaking about the certification, Paul Shaffer, Vice President and Managing Director of Westport Dallas, said: “We recognize that different fleets require different types of alternative fuels and, whether it is natural gas or propane that a company desires, we are dedicated to meet this preference with a certified vehicle.”
“The EPA certification of the Dedicated CNG and Bi-Fuel CNG F-150 is further evidence that fleets can meet their business needs while also cutting emissions”, he added.
The F-150 is available with a 2016 MY 5.0L V8 package and a 17 gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) or 23 GGE tank. The CNG model features two in-bed tank package options on both the dedicated and bi-fuel vehicles, with underbody option on dedicated for greater flexibility.
Westport Innovations is a member of NGV Global.
(Source: Westpotrt Innovations)