The Transit will be the first model to benefit from the alternative fuel programme next March, followed by Mondeo in July 1999 and Focus later that year. Up to 75% of the LPG/CNG equipment installation is available as a subsidy through the Government-backed Powershift programme. The majority of Ford cars and light commercials are also available with bi-fuel conversions through specialist engineering firms. Warranties are covered by the converter with the Ford warranty as normal on the vehicle.
Ford is urging fleets to test bi-fuel cars to demonstrate their practicalities. 'These vehicles could not be more simple to drive and operate,' said a spokesman. A switch on the dashboard allows the driver to select the fuel type - unleaded petrol or LPG/ CNG, and the engine management system automatically reverts to petrol should the vehicle run out of gas.