|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 the
"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
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
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.
(May 8, 2000)