Ford began production of the first F-150 flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) this month. The company has committed to producing 250,000 FFVs for the US market in the coming year; it has produced more than 1 million FFVs globally in the past decade.
The flexible fuel technology is being built into the 5.4L, V-8 engine model and is available at no additional cost. FFVs can operate on gasoline or ethanol blends up to E85& (85% ethanol and 15% gasoline). The F-150 FFV offers the same horsepower and torque as the gasoline version, although fuel consumption will increase when using E85 due to the lower energy content of ethanol.
The FlexFuel F-150s will begin arriving in dealer showrooms after the first of the year. Ford also offers flexible fuel technology on the Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car.
Ford will assemble the F-150 FFVs at three plants: Kansas City Assembly, Dearborn Truck and Norfolk Assembly.