By Anthony Capkun
March 20, 2013 – At the Work Truck Show 2013, Westport Innovations Inc.—a player in natural gas engines—debuted its Westport WiNG Power System (a compressed natural gas [CNG] bi-fuel system) for the Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty Chassis Cab trucks. Assembled alongside the Westport-powered Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks at the Westport Kentucky Integration Center (WKIC)—a Ford qualified vehicle modifier (QVM) audited facility. With the WKIC located adjacent to Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant, the 2013 F-450 and F-550 trucks will use the same integrated transportation system as other Westport-powered Ford products to reduce delivery costs to the customer.
Starting at $9500, the Westport WiNG Power System is integrated on the 6.8-liter V10 engine of the Ford F-450 and F-550 trucks, and offers a combined fuel range of about 650 miles (at 9 mpg) with maximum CNG capacity (42 gasoline gallon equivalent) and a standard 40-gal gasoline tank capacity. For customers who want to eliminate the anxiety of operating on natural gas only, the Super Duty trucks with the Westport system will run on conventional gasoline once the CNG fuel is depleted.