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Ford Readies F-150s for Flexible Fuel

Ford Motor Company is keeping its commitment to producing 250,000 FFVs in the coming year with actual production of the first Ford F-150 flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) beginning this month at its Kansas City Assembly Plant.

Available to consumers at no additional cost, the flexible fuel technology is built into the 5.4L, V-8 engine model, enabling them to operate on gasoline or ethanol blends up to E85 – a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. “We’re pleased to begin production of F-150 FFVs. Flexible fuel vehicles give customers the option of fueling with gasoline or the ethanol,” said Ken Ward, Kansas City Plant manager. “Customers will find that the F-150 FFV offers the same functionality as the gasoline version F-150 — including horsepower and torque.” Ford F-150 FFVs will also be manufactured at the company’s Dearborn Truck and Norfolk Assembly plants. They will begin arriving in dealer showrooms after the first of the year. Ford also offers flexible fuel technology on Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car. With approximately five million FFVs on the road today, E85 has great potential as an alternative fuel. However, only about 500 of the more than 180,000 fuel stations in the U.S. currently offer E85. Ford is committed to growing the E85 infrastructure and has announced a partnership with VeraSun Energy Corporation, the nation’s second largest ethanol producer, which will increase the number of fueling stations offering E85, particularly in Midwest markets where ethanol availability is growing. A consumer awareness campaign to promote the benefits and use of E85 is also part of the initiative.