Junkyard Treasure: 1999 Ford Shape CNG Bi-Fuel



While vehicles that can shed compressed natural gas have actually been throughout our roadways for years as well as a lot of automobiles have actually gone through aftermarket conversion to operate on the clean-burning-but-bulky gas, the height for factory-built CNG-powered vehicle sales occurred right here throughout the late-1990 s/early-2000 s duration. These automobiles are tough to find in junkyards– you need to take a close take a look at the engine or look for not-so-obvious unique badging– so today’s Junkyard Gem makes simply the secondly of 2 disposed of OEM-made CNG automobiles I have actually located, after a 2003 Honda Civic GX in The golden state.

You would certainly assume that CNG automobiles would certainly be much more prominent today than they were a number of years earlier, considered that natural-gas manufacturing has actually expanded as an outcome of oil-well fracking as well as global sell right stuff, however hybrid-electric powertrains overcame the green-car globe right here, beginning with the intro of the Honda Understanding in the 2000 design year as well as the Toyota Prius somewhat under a year later on.

The large, trunk-devouring CNG gas containers truly switched off noncombatant customers of these automobiles, as well, so most sales mosted likely to large fleets (Honda continued offering the Civic GX to regular vehicle customers up until 2015, possibly due to the fact that the GX got approved for the desired drive-solo-in-the-carpool-lane “Access OK” stickers in California). Almost all the fuel-system equipment behind the engine had actually been pulled from this vehicle by the time I reached it, however the dimension of the tank-mounting equipment reveals that you really did not obtain much trunk area in your Bi-Fuel Shape.

The Bi-Fuel Shape obtained that name due to the fact that it continued to be efficient in melting regular gas, with a correct fluid gas storage tank in the common area. Its array should have gone over with both containers loaded, leading to human bladder ability as the primary restricting element for lengthy highway-driving jobs.

In addition to its gas system as well as Mondeo beginnings, this vehicle is a really regular base-trim-level, refrigerator-white fleet car. Points may have been various if Ford had actually provided the screaming Contour SVT with the Bi-Fuel choice … no, scrape that, absolutely nothing would certainly have been various.

It appears extremely not likely that Ford made TELEVISION commercials for the Bi-Fuel Shape, so we’ll enjoy this macho-voiced advertisement for the go-go-juice– heater.

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