Roush Unveils Propane-Powered Trucks

New vehicles will be available in third quarter

Propane-powered Ford trucks developed by Roush Performance Products Inc. will soon be available at dealers throughout the United States and Canada, Roush said Feb. 18.

The powertrain engineering company has made its alternative-power technology available in the 2010 F-250, F-150 and E-250 trucks with deliveries anticipated tostart in the third quarter.

The additional cost for the propane-powered F-250 is $8,995 and qualifies for a federal tax credit of up to $4,500.

Customers can choose either a complete Roush-assembled 2010 F-250 with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty or a conversion kit that fits the 2009 and 2010 trucks.

Roush estimates propane-powered fleet vehicles achieve an 18% reduction in greenhouse gases, create 20% less nitrous oxide and produce up to 60% less carbon monoxide and fewer particulate emissions compared to conventional gasoline.

The vehicles also will meet Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board standards.

Roush also expects the new vehicles will create nearly 100 jobs.

The Ford F-150, F-250 and E-250 are based on the 5.4L, 3-valve Ford V-8 powertrain, each using a Roush liquid propane injection fuel system, including new fuel rail assembly and fuel injectors. The propane trucks sustain no loss of horsepower, torque, or towing capacity as compared to a comparable gasoline-powered vehicle, according to Roush.

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