Ford will offer the new Transit full-size vans, wagons, cutaway and chassis cab models powered by a 3.7-liter V6 equipped with a prep kit for compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid propane gas (LPG) fuel.
Each Ford engine that is factory-prepped for gaseous conversion comes equipped with hardened valves and valve seats. Super Duty trucks equipped with the 6.2-liter V8 feature a unique bi-fuel intake manifold to accommodate these cleaner-burning fuels. The prep kits allow conversion to CNG/LPG operation without requiring internal engine work.
Sales of Ford vehicles capable of running on compressed natural gas or propane autogas have reached record levels -- soaring more than 350 percent since 2009 -- as businesses and commercial customers seek relief from constantly fluctuating gas prices.
Transit joins the current compact Transit Connect van, wagon and taxi lineup; Ford Super Duty pickups; stripped chassis, legendary E-Series vans, wagons and cutaways; and medium-duty F-450, F-550 and F-650 variants in offering factory-prepped engines for CNG/LPG conversion.
The next generation of the Transit Connect range will add yet another CNG-ready engine when it goes on sale later this year, offering a 2.5-L four-cylinder that is more responsive and fuel efficient due to its use of intake-variable camshaft timing.
CNG/LPG engine prep from the factory costs approximately $325 before the customer chooses a partner to supply fuel tanks, fuel lines and unique fuel injectors. Upfits run approximately $9,500 to $12,500, depending on fuel tank capacity.