ROUSH CleanTech, an alternative-fuel technology company, revealed that its 0.02 grams per brake horsepower-hour engine can operate on renewable propane. It’s the first available engine for renewable propane that brings emission levels to “near-zero” as defined by California Air Resources Board.
When commercial vehicles are equipped with our ultra-low NOx engines and fueled by renewable propane, they achieve near-zero emissions while still being financially viable for fleets. These clean-operating, medium-duty trucks, vans and buses enable fleets to take a giant leap toward meeting their state’s clean air standards, especially in California.—Todd Mouw, president of ROUSH CleanTech
Renewable propane is a non-fossil fuel that is produced from 100% renewable raw materials, such as waste, residue and sustainably produced vegetable oils. There is growing interest in renewable propane (also known as biopropane) due to its near-zero emission levels, reduced greenhouse gases and ability to help meet growing demand for cleaner products. It can be used as a “drop-in” replacement fuel because it’s chemically nearly identical to conventional propane.
Companies in the US and around the globe are developing renewable propane technology, with some production in commercial volume as a byproduct of renewable diesel plants.
ROUSH CleanTech unveiled the usage of renewable propane during a three-city roadshow in California this week. The event also covered federal and state funding opportunities available for near-zero emission vehicles.
Earlier this year, ROUSH CleanTech received California Air Resources Board certification for its ultra-low NOx 6.8L V10 3V propane engines for Class 4-7 vehicles. When fueled by traditional propane autogas, the engine is 90-percent cleaner than national emissions standards.