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Ford Leads in Commercial Alternative Fuel Development with Bi-Fuel Trucks

April 23rd, 2012

From Scott Gibbons, Commercial Sales Manager

For years, Automakers have been rushing to develop a less expensive, viable, and efficient alternative to gasoline powered vehicles. The result has been a string of battery electric hybrid mini cars lacking commercial appeal. For years, shrinking the carbon footprint meant losing towing capacity, but Ford has a new solution: Compressed Natural Gas.

The advantages of CNG are plentiful. Both the environment and your pocketbook will benefit from its use. CNG burns cleaner than gasoline and increases engine life. A CNG-powered vehicle requires oil and filter changes every 9000-10,000 miles — a far cry from the 3000-5000 miles required by gasoline powered vehicles.

CNG-powered vehicles can practically pay for themselves in 90,000 to 100,000 miles. Currently, prices range from 1.80 – 2.40 per gallon equivalent nationwide. And it gets better: 87% of our natural gas is domestically produced.

The only problem is the lack of filling stations. Metropolitan areas have seen CNG stations going into service at a rate of one per quarter, but rural areas are still behind in infrastructure development. This is why bi-fuel vehicles are best. When CNG isn’t available, you can fuel up with gas.

Ford currently has bi-fuel capability on the E-series van, and the F-350 – F-550 chassis.

Call Borgman Ford today for a fleet comparison to see how bi-fuel vehicles can help you.


 

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