The V-10 engine found in both produces 362 horsepower and 457 pound-feet. of torque, and can be factory-prepped for CNG operation. The engine’s production capacity will increase 25% by next year to meet strong demand from commercial customers, Ford said. The engine is also used in E-Series vans, F-Series Super Duty chassis cabs and the F-650 medium-duty truck.
Meanwhile, an alternative fuel option for the engines has emerged in the aftermarket.
ROUSH CleanTech announced the availability of propane fuel systems for the F-53, F-59 and E-450 stripped chassis models.
The company said it has been selected by Ford as a “qualified vehicle modifier” for the models. ROUSH CleanTech said the systems fulfill certification requirements in all 50 states by the California Air Resources Board and Environmental Protection Agency and achieve the same torque, towing and horsepower as conventionally fueled models.