Westport Innovations Inc.’s new WiNG™ Power System, a fully-integrated, compressed natural gas (CNG) bi-fuel system, will be available for order on Ford F-250 and F-350 pick-up trucks through authorized Ford dealer/distributors on or about March 19th. First announced in September 2011 the bi-fuel system (natural gas or gasoline), was launched at the National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show in Indiana this week.
The Westport WiNG™ Power System is based on Ford’s new 6.2L hardened engine platform and has a starting price point of USD 9,750. On average, the Westport WiNG™ powered Ford pickups are expected to save fleets upwards of $2 per gallon in fuel costs, and depending on miles driven, can demonstrate a payback in about two years or less.
The Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups equipped with the bi-fuel system have undergone the same original equipment manufacturer (OEM) testing for safety and durability used by Ford for their gasoline and diesel products. Engineered at the new Westport technical center in Plymouth Michigan, WiNG™ Power Systems will be installed at the Westport manufacturing facility in Louisville. The trucks will be ready to roll when they reach authorized Ford dealers and the installation will add less than 72 hours to the entire order cycle for a new truck.
The 2012 models with Westport WiNG™ bi-fuel Systems sold through Ford dealers will be EPA certified, and the 2013 Model Year are expected to offer CARB certification for all models.
(This article compiled using information from a Westport Innovations, Inc. press release)