|The F-250 Super Chief tri-flex fuel concept burns gasoline, E85 or hydrogen.|
Ford used the North American Internal Auto Show in Detroit as the venue to introduce a tri-flex fuel truck concept that runs on gasoline, E85 ethanol blend or hydrogen.
The F-250 Super Chief, which took its design cues from the Super Chief locomotive, uses the same Ford 6.8-liter V-10 Triton engine deployed in the company’s E450 H2ICE trucks. (Earlier post.)
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A supercharger provides an 18 psi boost for hydrogen fuel only. When running on hydrogen, the supercharged V-10 provides up to 12% fuel economy improvement on an energy equivalent basis versus a non-supercharged gasoline V-10. In addition, when operating on hydrogen, the Tri-Flex V-10 generates 99% less CO2 emissions than when running on gasoline.
The engine features a dual injection system: one handling gasoline and E85, the other, developed with Quantum, the hydrogen. The F-250 Super Chief stores 11.2 kg of hydrogen in a 700-bar tank system.
|Ford F-250 Super Chief Tri-Flex Fuel Concept|
|Power||310 hp (231 kW)||310 hp (231 kW)||280 hp (209 kW)|
|Torque||576 Nm||576 Nm||542 Nm|
|Supercharge boost||–||–||18 psi|
|Fuel economy||12 mpg US||8.6 mpg US||13.6 miles/kg|
|Range||336 miles||241 miles||150 miles|