Introduces Propane-Powered Super Duty F-Series
Ford Motor Company
introduced the propane-powered, bi-fuel Super Duty F-Series chassis cab
for the 2000 model year. Ford has already begun taking orders for the
vehicle and hopes to sell approximately 1,300 units this year.
chassis cab expands the Ford propane-powered vehicle line-up and is available
in several different models and fuel tank configurations. The result is
greater flexibility for the customer. Ford now has a propane-powered vehicle
option for nearly every commercial truck application.
“There's been a lot
of demand – especially from the propane industry – for a propane-powered
truck that is flexible enough to be used for multiple applications,” said
Dave Tarrant, Ford commercial truck and alternative fuel vehicle manager.
“We are now able to give them that flexibility by offering the truck in
several models with several tank configurations."
chassis cab is available as an F-350 (11,200 gvw), F-450 (15,000 gvw)
or F-550 (17,500 gvw/19,000 gvw) with a regular cab or crew cab. Vehicles
can be ordered with aleft-hand frame mount or aft-of-axle propane fuel
tank configuration or both, providing greater flexibility to customer
needs. Additionally, the Super Duty chassis cab can accommodate many kinds
of second bodies including van, stake, dump, service/utility, bulk and
The versatile chassis
cab runs on either propane or unleaded gasoline, which gives customers
the choice of operating on clean-burning, cost effective propane with
the convenience and security of refueling on gasoline.
Equipped with a 6.8L,
V-10 gaseous fuel prep engine with hardened valves, the performance of
the propane-powered chassis cab is comparable to the gasoline-powered
version – except with lower emissions.
chassis cab meets the ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) standard and will
be cleaner than most vehicles, even passenger cars, on the road today.
It can help fleet managers meet alternative fuel vehicle requirements
under both the Clean Fuel Fleet Program and the Energy Policy Act mandates.
Ford is offering
a $1,500 incentive on both the F-150 pick-up and the Super Duty chassis
cab powered by propane. All Ford propane-powered vehicles have the same
three-year/36,000 mile, bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage as gasoline
products and are sold through all Ford dealers in the U.S. Interested
Canadian buyers may purchase the propane-powered F-150 from their local
dealers as well.
Ford first began
offering propane-powered trucks in 1964 and was the first auto maker to
offer its propane trucks with the same limited warranty as gasoline-powered
2000 Bi-Fuel Propane
Ford F-Series Light Duty Specifications
V8 Triton modular engine with 223 hp and 313 ft./lbs. torque
4-speed automatic overdrive transmission
anti-lock braking system (ABS)
propane fuel tank-26.2 gasoline gallon equivalent (g.g.e.)
Regular cab- 30 gal. (114 liter) tank
Super cab- 25 gal. (95 liter) tank
Bi-Fuel Propane Super Duty Chassis Cab
F-350, F-450, F-550
V-10 engine with 4-speed automatic transmission
21/28 gallon left-hand frame mount* (standard)
19-gallon mid-ship gasoline tank (standard)
28 gallon propane cylinder aft-of-axle (optional)
Aft-of-axle plus side-mounted propane tanks (optional)
dependent on wheelbase