Ford's SULEV Dedicated Natural Gas Trucks
Ford Motor Company has introduced its dedicated Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) trucks as mid-year 1997 offerings to complement its dedicated Crown Victoria and bi-fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) product line-up. The 5.4L F-250 full-size pick-up truck and the 5.4L E-250/E-350 full-size vans are production vehicles maintaining Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) quality and warranty while complying with all applicable corporate, federal and state requirements. Both trucks are the first OEM vehicles to certify at the Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) California medium-duty vehicle standard, the Federal Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standard, and the Federal Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV) emission standard. The use of natural gas (NG) as a vehicle fuel required unique hardware changes in the areas of fuel storage, fuel metering, and the emission control system.