“We are starting with the 4.7 as it is a popular engine with fleet buyers,” said John Webster, NatGasCar’s spokesman, who also remarked his company is working on a version for the Ford F-150 with the 5.0-liter V-8.
NatGarCar’s new conversion kit, which can deliver a driving range of 250 to 325 miles, includes hardened exhaust valves and intake and exhaust valve seats, plus special acoustic and thermal insulating shields that cut down on noise and high temperatures. It also comes with a tank mounted in the cargo box that is required to store the natural gas under high pressure, and has a five-year, 120,000 mile warranty.
Furthermore, NatGasCar is also working on a home refuelling system for private consumers, in order to solve CNG’s distribution challenges. The modern application is called the EcoWise and is expected to be sold by the end of 2011.