Ford is set to build thousands of new diesel engines in the United Kingdom, as the car giant from the United States prepares a non-petrol alternative for the company’s iconic pickups across the pond.
Today, the firm announced that a diesel version of the best-selling F-150 truck of Ford is set to go on sale in the United States this spring.
Ford is hoping to achieve a marketing edge in the popular pickup market, as its rivals also examine more efficient engines.
The firm has its headquarters in Detroit. It expects that the diesel trucks will achieve 30 miles per gallon. The said vehicle will have a price tag of an additional $2,400 to $4,000 compared to its petrol alternative.
With prices of petrol stabilising in the recent months in the United States, sales of pickups have risen. Last year, Ford was able to sell 896,764 F-series trucks, the company’s biggest year since 2005.
The production of the non-petrol alternative will be raised with an aim that about five percent of the F-150 range will be diesel.
“We’re confident we’ll get there,” stated David Filipe, the Ford vice-president of powertrain engineering, in a media briefing before the official launch announcement.
Its rival Fiat Chrysler started offering a diesel version of the company’s pickups in 2013. However, diesel engines continue under significant scrutiny in the wake of the emissions-cheating scandal of Volkswagen. In 2017, authorities in the United States charged that Fiat Chrysler made use of software in order to cheat emissions tests that are covering 104,000 of its Ram models.
Ford said that the company was confident that its diesel engines would comply with emissions standards.