Ford expands natural gas offerings with new E-450 Cutaway
DEARBORN, Mich., May
8, 2000 — Ford Motor Company announced that it is once again adding
to its industry-leading alternative fuel vehicle line-up. For the
2001 model year, Ford will offer a dedicated natural gas version of
the popular E-450 Cutaway Econoline van.
Evolved from the “chop vans” of the 1960’s, the E-450 Cutaway is a
conventional short-chassis-cab van produced without a back panel for
custom commercial applications. Popular uses for E-450 Cutaways
include airport shuttles and parcel delivery vehicles.
The addition of the natural gas E-450 Cutaway gives customers a
choice between natural gas, gasoline and diesel-powered versions of
“Natural gas is a great option for our customers because it is
cleaner-burning and less expensive than either gasoline or diesel,”
said Dave Tarrant, Ford commercial truck and alternative fuel
vehicle manager. “We’ve received a lot of requests from customers
for a natural gas version of the E-450 Cutaway, and now we are
answering those demands.”
The dedicated natural gas E-450 Cutaway expands Ford’s existing
dedicated natural gas vehicle line-up, which includes the Crown
Victoria, F-Series pickup truck and Econoline Cargo Vans and Club
Wagons. In addition, Ford offers a bi-fuel version of the F-Series
pick-up truck that can operate on either natural gas or gasoline
through separate fuel systems.
Ford will begin taking orders for the E-450 Cutaway this summer.
Production is scheduled to begin at the Lorain, Ohio assembly plant
in December. Vehicle deliveries will begin in January. Ford
expects to sell about 500 units in the first year of production.
The dedicated CNG E-450 Cutaway has a 176-inch wheelbase and dual
rear wheels. It is powered by a 5.4-liter, V-8, gaseous-fuel prep
engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The standard fuel
tank configuration is a 9-gallon gasoline-equivalent, underbody
mid-ship tank and a 10.2-gallon gasoline-equivalent underbody,
aft-of-axle tanks. Total range with the standard package is between
125-150* miles depending on tank pressure and driving conditions. A
kit for two additional in-body tanks is available for installation
by qualified modifiers. The additional tanks are 9-gallon gasoline
equivalent each. Total range with standard plus optional tanks is
between 250-275 miles. (* All mileage numbers are estimates.
Actual mileage will depend on vehicle usage.)
The vehicle meets ultra low emission vehicle (ULEV) certification
and is eligible under the Clean Fuel Fleet Program and the Energy
Policy Act mandates. It carries the same three-year/36,000 mile,
bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage as Ford’s gasoline products.
Customers may buy the vehicle at any one of the 400 certified
Ford natural gas dealerships throughout the U.S. and Canada. Ford
offers incentives on a wide range of alternative fuel vehicles
including the E-450 Cutaway.
Ford Motor Company is the leader in the development and sale of
alternative fuel vehicles, including cars and trucks that are
powered by natural gas, propane and ethanol. In the U.S., Ford has
offered AFVs for more than 35 years and now has 10 models available
on the market. Natural gas versions of the Ford F-Series and
Econoline were the first vehicles to be certified as super ultra low
emission vehicles (SULEV) under the strict criteria of the
California Air Resources Board.