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Westport Innovations reduces price of WiNG CNG system for F-250, F-350 Super Duty

19 October 2012

Westport Innovations Inc. is lowering the price of its Westport WiNG Power System. (Earlier post.) Starting with the 2013 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup truck models, the Westport WiNG System will be priced at $9,500 (down from $9,750). To achieve the reduction, Westport worked with its suppliers to lower the cost of components, while maintaining quality and performance standards.

Announced in 2011 and now in full production, the Westport WiNG System powers Ford’s F-250 and F-350 trucks with a bi-fuel system (CNG and gasoline). The Westport WiNG System also eliminates risk or anxiety in long-distance driving with a 300-mile driving range on compressed natural gas (CNG) alone, and 650-mile range with both tanks full.

We are doing this to make CNG vehicles more accessible to large and small fleets as well as to individuals. “Westport feels it is extremely important to accelerate the adoption of natural gas vehicles that have the potential to cut operating costs, reduce emissions and take advantage of an abundant, domestic resource.

—John Lapetz Westport LD’s VP and Managing Director

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The 2013 truck has a gasoline capacity of 35 gallons, for a fuel economy of about 10 MPG.  If CNG saves $2/gge, the $9500 cost would be repaid in about 4750 gge or 47,500 miles.  This really isn't too bad.

I still think what they need is to move the CNG tanks
below the pickup bed.  The tanks are much stronger than frame rails need to be, so they could double as structural members.  The only visible difference when parked would be the extra CNG filler, and the full bed capacity would be available for cargo.

pickups usually have lots of room under the bed.

Now if only some of the structural frame members were shaped like tanks or reasonable tanks could be shaped like structural frame members.

Race cars have tubular steel frames, there's no reason a pickup couldn't.

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