NatGasCar LLC, a company specializing in compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, has partnered with Salt Lake City-based AVS LLC to certify, manufacture and market a proprietary CNG conversion system for 2012 and 2013 Ford F-150s that feature the 5.0-liter engine.
The partnership not only combines the manufacturing and distribution capability of NatGasCar with the installation expertise of AVS, it also enables NatGasCar to better serve customers in the western U.S. while providing an East Coast installation location for AVS. The systems are expected to be available for delivery in early July.
Fleet managers should be aware, however, that neither NatGasCar LLC nor AVS LLC is a Ford Motor Co. Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) for gaseous fuels, and Ford does not offer a factory gaseous-fuel prep kit for the 5.0-liter engine. In turn, any modification to the engine will void the warranty – even if the conversion is certified by the EPA and/or CARB.
AVS has developed various products for natural gas vehicles, including fueling ports, injector adaptors, fuel rails and CNG tank packages. NatGasCar's conversion systems feature a ‘manifold exchange program’ that requires no drilling or tapping of manifolds, the company says.