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CNG spreading to 'regular customers,' Oklahoma dealer says

The Ford F-150 designed to run on compressed natural gas has broader appeal than previous CNG vehicles, auto dealers say.
by Jay F. Marks Modified: February 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm •  Published: February 13, 2014
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They can be converted to CNG for as little as $8,500, thanks to advances that have made fuel tanks cheaper, Steckman said.

He said trucks won’t need their first service check for 15,000 miles after the conversion.

“They just run so well,” Steckman said.

Caldwell said he has several of the trucks on the lot in Norman, with several versions available to satisfy customers’ needs. He said most fleet operators choose the basic truck package, but most people want different options.

“I try to keep several in stock,” he said.

Ford did not have a half-ton pickup that could be easily converted to CNG before this model was introduced last year, Caldwell said, adding there are few drawbacks to the CNG version, especially as the fuel becomes more readily available.

Oklahoma has 74 CNG fueling stations, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, with more in the works.

by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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