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Roush Eyes Propane Van Retrofits

August 18, 2012 in Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

And Talks Up a New Tank Configuration for New Pickups

Roush CleanTech has stepped its work on propane van retrofits, seeking California Air Resources Board certifications for 2009, 2011 and 2012 model year Ford E-series vehicles to complement a 2010 approval already in hand.

Roush CleanTech wants to bring dedicated-propane to more van operators, offering retrofits of used vehicles as well as new ones.

The new 2010 approval is said to be the first CARB certification awarded since 2000 for a propane-LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) retrofit, and the first CARB certification for any alternative fuel system for 2010 model year retrofits. It applies to Ford E-150, E-250 and E-350 cargo vans and wagons with 5.4-liter engines. The new retrofit certifications for 2009, 2011 and 2012 would apply to the E-450 cutaway, too.

Roush is also talking up a new in-bed tank configuration for its 2012 U.S. EPA- and CARB-certified Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups. “We reached out to customers and listened to their invaluable feedback to learn what tank capacities are most popular and needed in the marketplace,” sales VP Todd Mouw says in a recent bulletin.

Roush CleanTech is promoting a new propane tank with 38 usable gallons, and ‘made sure,’€™ says sales VP Todd Mouw, that the tank ‘€˜doesn’t exceed the truck’s bed height.’

“We settled on a propane fuel tank that provides a capacity of 38 usable gallons and works with standard service body applications,” Mouw said. “We also made sure the tank, which sits against the front of the bed, doesn’t exceed the truck’s bed height.”

Roush has posted various customer case stories from customers. Among them,

  • Landscaper Pristine Green in Grand Rapids, Mich. is saving money with a propane-fueled F-350 and propane mowers;
  • the City of Cincinnati operates 14 F-Series trucks including a 2010 F-350 with dump bed, and is saving $1.06 per gallon while avoiding the purchase of nearly 10,500 gallons of gasoline per year; and
  • Washington State’s King County (Seattle) fleet is avoiding 11,200 gasoline gallons with eight Ford pickups and a cargo van.

“Propane autogas is already the third most commonly used engine fuel worldwide, behind gasoline and diesel,” Roush says, “proving its environmental acceptance, viability, and economic advantages.”

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Source: Roush customer bulletin and releases, Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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