Yet another signs of changing times. Is it a case of the market leading , following or get out the way of the speeding car or train before its too late.
With the oncoming stream of American natural gas coming online – to the levels that the US can become an energy exporting country -that is even in spite of every means by President Obama’s EPA to shut this down US natural gas , a glut of it at low prices seems to be on its way. Hello Environmental Protection Agency !!!!! On top of that what of butane fractions of the gas ?
To its credit Ford and the Ford Motor Company are reacting to this. This week the introduction or announcement of 2014 F-150 trucks with CNG ( compressed liquid natural gas) fueling provisions is going to be offered. Its only a guess a to when these new truck models with said natural gas fueling option will be available at your local Ford dealer or dealerships. Guess its only a short drive to the Waverley auto mall after all.
Previously there was talk of commercial vehicles and transport vehicles to use this less costly fuel abounded but not of simple retail vehicles. It took some time and trouble for “Fkexifuel ” or “flex fuels” vehicles to come aboard This was mainly a question of seals dealing with alcohol based or mixed fuels. While these products – especially Ford Motor Co branded ones were already widely used in such localities as Brazil - it was not a 100 % easy roll out.
Compressed gas fuels have their issues - safety is one in terms of fires and fire hazards , shorter or less fuel availabilities from the same load in colder temperatures ( read northern US states in winter ) and the Canadian prairies ( Saskatchewan , Manitoba , northern Alberta , northern Canada) as another. Still each and every product and it models have their merits and negatives. The debate goes on.