Propane-Powered Pickup Sets Record
A drop-in propane conversion for your F-150 in about 90 minutes — now we’re cooking with gas!
Propane is something of a miracle fuel. It’s produced as a byproduct of petroleum refinement and natural gas processing, and it brings good things to life. It can be used to power everything from grilles, stoves, and water heaters to refrigerators, laundry dryers, and even a paintball gun.
When you think about it, it’s amazing that propane isn’t used in our vehicles as a fuel source more often. Alliance Autogas (AAG) agrees, and decided to draw attention to propane-powered vehicles in a clever way. Using a 2016 Ford F-150, they set a speed record, without driving the truck a single mile.
At the 2016 Work Truck Show, AAG converted the 3.5 V6-powered F-150 to run on propane in just one hour, 32 minutes, and 25 seconds, setting a record for Fastest Recorded Alternative Fuel Conversion to Propane Autogas.
AAG’s system includes a 21-gallon secondary fuel tank, an ECU, and a spacer plate for the fuel injector. The ECU switches from gasoline to propane autogas, with just a single plug connecting it to the truck’s electrical system. Meanwhile, the spacer plate allows for an easy way to get propane into the engine. The conversion requires no cutting or drilling and is totally reversible.
After the show, the 2016 F-150 went on a 5,500 mile cross-country road trip, starting in Kansas City before driving to Seattle, then Jacksonville before being added to the AAG Fleet in Asheville, North Carolina. In total, this F-150 has covered over 100,000 miles in its lifetime, with around 60,000 of that coming after the propane autogas conversion.
Besides standard maintenance, the truck has required nothing out of the ordinary. AAG is hoping that that track record, combined with ease of installation and removal, will make their conversion kit attractive to fleet managers who often lease their vehicles.