Coinciding with the 2020 Work Truck Show, convening this week in Indianapolis, Ford announced new options for its lineup of medium-duty trucks.
Ford is offering a gaseous fuel prep package for its new 7.3L V-8 gasoline engine in current model year Super Duty F-450, F-550, and F-600 chassis cab, medium-duty, E-Series, and F-53, and F-59 stripped chassis vehicles.
For the 2022-MY E-Series cutaways and stripped chasses, Ford adds available flex-fuel capability for the 7.3L V-8 gasoline engine in both premium and economy calibrations. E-Series with flex-fuel capability can run on gasoline or blends of up to 85% ethanol (E85). Ford said it expects this to be a popular option for state and federal fleets.
Also for Ford’s 7.3L engine, an integrated air compressor will be available for the first time for the 2022 model year. The compressor can be used to power air brakes, air suspension, and other accessories like air horns or air ride seats. Currently, air brakes are only available on diesel-powered trucks.
“We expect this new offering to be popular in several vocational segments including propane delivery, municipalities, utilities and tree service,” explains Nathan Oscarson, Ford commercial truck brand manager. “Many customers have told us they’d like to take advantage of the cost savings provided by a gas truck, but they also want the peace of mind provided by air brakes.”
In addition, the all-new 2021 F-600 Super Duty Chassis Cab is now available to order, with deliveries starting in this summer. The F-600 is designed to give fleets the additional payload or upfit capabilities of a Class 6 truck in the Class 5 weight range.