Filling up is about to get a whole lot less expensive for buyers of the new Westport WiNG Power System: A fully-integrated, CNG bi-fuel system, will be available for order on Ford F-250 and F-350 pick-up trucks through authorized Ford dealer/distributors. Interested customers and dealers can go to the Wintpowersystem.com website today for further information.
Launched at the National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show, the Westport WiNG Power System is based on Ford's new 6.2L hardened engine platform. The vehicles run on inexpensive natural gas or ordinary gasoline and offer unparalleled drivability.
The Westport WiNG Power System carries an industry-leading starting price point of $9,750. On average, the Westport WiNGpowered Ford pickups are expected to save fleets upwards of $2 per gallon in fuel costs, and depending on miles driven, can demonstrate a payback in about two years or less.
The Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups with the bi-fuel, Westport WiNG Power System have undergone the same rigorous original equipment manufacturer (OEM) testing for safety and durability used by Ford for their gasoline and diesel products. Engineered at the new Westport technical center in Plymouth Michigan, WiNGPower Systems will be installed at the Westport manufacturing facility adjacent to the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant, in Louisville. The trucks will be ready to roll when they reach authorized Ford dealers and the installation will add less than 72 hours to the entire order cycle for a new truck. The 2012 models with Westport WiNG bi-fuel Systems sold through Ford dealers will be EPA certified, and the 2013 Model Year are expected to offer CARB certification for all models.
As the leader in natural gas fuel technology, Westport aims to transform gasoline powered, light duty trucks into bi-fuel vehicles powered by compressed natural gas. The Ford F-250 and F-350 offer fleets vehicles that use cleaner energy, with low carbon content, from a domestic energy source that is abundant in supply and economical to produce and distribute.
The F-Series has been America's bestselling truck for more than 30 years. The economics and performance of natural gas provide an ideal application for utility companies, delivery, and energy-industry fleets, as well as government and transit operators.
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