Dallas Company Manufacturing Ford’s Compressed Natural Gas F-150

Dallas-based BAF will play a major role in the manufacture of Ford’s new F-150 that will run on compressed natural gas (CNG). BAF installs the parts necessary to enable the truck to run on CNG.

Trucks will be built in Ford’s Kansas City facility then shipped to BAF factories around the country for the CNG fuel tanks, fuel system and a modification to the engine’s fuel intake. The retrofits will raise the price of the F-150 between $7,500 and $9,500. The savings are in the fuel though. Natural gas prices can be as low as $1 to $1.79 per gallon equivalent of gasoline.

The only hindrance now is the frequency of refueling stations. Clean Energy Fuels has 14 CNG fuel stations in Dallas-Fort Worth with plans for four more. BAF was actually purchased from Clean Energy Fuels, which is owned by natural gas advocate and oil billionaire T Boone Pickens.

When it comes to dealerships next year it will be the first personal-use CNG truck sold in the U.S. The Honda CNG Civic is the only other vehicle that comes from the factory this way.

Currently BAF retrofits fleet vehicles to run on CNG. Dallas-based AT&T is one of their biggest clients.

Source: Dallas Business Journal, Aug12 2013.

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