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ROUSH CleanTech introduces 3 new Ford stripped chassis powered by autogas

21 February 2013

ROUSH CleanTech is introducing new autogas (liquefied petroleum gas, LPG) fuel systems for Ford F-59, F-53 and E-450 stripped chassis. ROUSH is the first Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) to offer fuel systems for these platforms.

The Ford F-59 commercial step van chassis and the Ford E-450 stripped chassis adapt to numerous fleet delivery applications, such as bakery, textile, multi-stop package delivery service, linen and medical services. The Ford F-53 platform offers a flexible commercial platform for trolleys, lunch trucks and more. The size and cargo capabilities of all three platforms are customizable for specific business vehicle applications.

Built on a 2013 model year or newer chassis with a 6.8-liter, V10 engine, the ROUSH CleanTech autogas-powered Ford F-53 and F-59 feature a 67-usable gallon autogas fuel tank. The ROUSH CleanTech autogas-powered Ford E-450 stripped chassis comes equipped with a 41-usable gallon autogas fuel tank.

Each of the three ROUSH CleanTech fuel systems fulfill certification requirements in all 50 states by the California Air Resources Board and Environmental Protection Agency and achieve the same torque, towing and horsepower as conventionally fueled models.

ROUSH CleanTech autogas vehicles emit 20% less NOx, 60% less carbon monoxide and up to 25% less greenhouse gases than gasoline. Historically priced 30 to 40% less than gasoline, propane autogas is readily available through a growing nationwide network of refueling infrastructure. Federal tax credits provide an additional 50-cents-per-gallon savings on fuel costs.

In a report in 2012, Pike Research forecast that global sales of autogas vehicles would reach 1.4 million units by 2020.

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Propane is almost the best automotive fuel. Most of it comes from the ground mixed with oil or natural gas and only needs to be separated. It burns very cleanly. But a large tank full of it can destroy a town. A tanker vehicle of propane can cause much more damage than any other vehicle on the road. The recent natural gas Kansas City explosion is an example of what damage can be caused with much more possible. Shipments of nuclear waste are less dangerous than a Walmart semi, much much less than a propane tanker. ..HG..

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