For municipalities and others seeking a less expensive alternative to replenish an aging medium-duty truck fleet, Ford will offer the 2012 Super Duty F-650 with a gasoline engine—a class exclusive in the medium-duty truck segment. The gasoline variant costs thousands of dollars less than diesel trucks of its size.
Class 6 and 7 medium-duty trucks are the workhorses of municipal fleets, from single-axle dump trucks to highway plow trucks.
The 6.8-liter three-valve V10 gasoline engine delivers 362 hp (270 kW) and 457 lb-ft (620 N·m) of torque. The engine couples with a Ford 6R410 six-speed transmission with double overdrive gears for improved fuel economy. Further, an optional gaseous fuel preparation package is available for conversion to compressed natural gas or propane fuels if desired, another option for fleets to lower their operating costs.
All 2012 Ford F-650 models will have available SYNC technology to help keep drivers better connected without them having to divert their eyes from the road. Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a ruling prohibiting Interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held electronics while behind the wheel. Ford SYNC allows drivers to communicate wirelessly without sacrificing safety.