Venchurs Vehicle Systems says one of its converted compressed natural gas (CNG) bi-fuel Ford F-350 pickup trucks was recently pitted against a Volkswagen Passat TDI and a BMW 5-Series on the History Channel's ‘Top Gear’ program to determine which vehicle offered the best fuel economy.
The episode, which will re-air on Thurs., Sept. 13, at 11:00 p.m. Eastern, was dubbed ‘One Tank.’ The show's hosts were required to drive from Portland, Ore., to San Francisco without stopping for fuel.
Venchurs, which is keeping the results of the match-up close to its chest, commented only that the CNG bi-fuel truck ‘performed extremely well in the test, highlighting its long-range capabilities and the seamless transition from CNG to gasoline operation.’
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‘I'd say landing a prime-time segment on 'Top Gear,' where our CNG F-350 competed against highly efficient German gasoline and diesel cars, proves that CNG is viable,’ adds Jeff Wyatt, CEO of Venchurs.
The Michigan-based company is a Ford Motor Co. Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) that offers both dedicated CNG and bi-fuel upfitted conversion systems for Ford F-250s and F-350s.