• Jan 26, 2009
LPG has come to the masses massive, with ROUSH introducing a conversion for the Ford F-250. The changes are minimal: fuel tank and pump, stainless steel fuel lines, aluminum fuel rails and PCM calibration. They'll mean cheaper running costs but no loss of horsepower, torque or towing capacity. Depending on which conversion you choose, though, you could lose bed capacity: an under bed tank provides a 250-mile range, or a 62-gallon tank that goes in the bed means 500 miles of running.

The conversion costs $7,995, but you get a federal tax credit of $5,000 and some states offer additional credits. It can be purchased as a kit for home fitment or as a ROUSH-built vehicle. Both options carry a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty. Ordering is open as of January 26 and deliveries are expected in the fall of this year. If you're interested in a medium-duty liquid gas burner, you can check out the exhaustive press release after the jump.

[Source: ROUSH]

PRESS RELEASE

ROUSH® EXPANDS PROPANE VEHICLE LINEUP WITH UNVEIL OF LIQUID PROPANE INJECTED F-250 PICKUP

LAS VEGAS (January 22, 2009) - Hammering home their success in offering a propane-powered truck, ROUSH® Performance unveiled yesterday at the 2009 International Builders' Show the next product in the lineup - the 2010 ROUSH Liquid Propane Injected F-250.

The ROUSH propane-powered F-250 immediately received considerable interest among the attendees who had been looking for a medium-duty truck that could offer both lower operating costs and greenhouse emissions.

According to research provided by the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), propane is the most widely-used alternative fuel today, with more than 10 million vehicles around the world using it as a fuel.
Operating costs typically range from five to 30 percent less than those of a gasoline-powered fleet, and on average create 20 percent less nitrous oxide, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide and fewer particulate emissions.

"We have had tremendous interest in the ROUSH propane-powered F-150 and sold several hundred vehicles and conversion kits, but more than that we had people tell us that they would be much more interested if
there was a medium-duty pickup available," said Joe Thompson, vice-president and general manager of ROUSH Performance. "With that in mind, we went to PERC who has been our strong supporter in developing
propane vehicles and took the next steps to expanding the ROUSH lineup with the F-250. It is gratifying to see that the response has already been so positive."

With deliveries anticipated to start in the third quarter, ROUSH will make this product available in two forms; customers can choose either a complete ROUSH-assembled vehicle which will have a 3-year/36,000 mile
warranty, or a conversion kit to fit existing trucks in the field which also carries the same warranty. The conversion kit will also fit 2009 F-250 pickups that may be in service.

The order banks for both the vehicle and the conversion kit, both of which are true OEM-quality in terms of engineering and materials, will open on January 26. Among the components changed are the fuel tank with
multi-valve fuel pump, stainless steel fuel lines, billet aluminum fuel rails, an upgraded custom ROUSH PCM calibration, and all necessary wiring, hardware and instructions.

The kit will have a retail price of $7,995, and qualifies for a federal tax credit of $5,000. There are also a number of state, regional and local tax credits and rebates available for the purchase and implementation of alternative fuel vehicles. Additionally, propane prices per gallon are normally significantly much lower than gasoline or
diesel, and with the proper infrastructure in place a fleet user can qualify for a 50-cent tax credit per gallon used.

The ROUSH propane-powered F-250 will come standard with an in-bed tank offering 62-usable gallons of fuel. This will allow a range of approximately 500 miles depending on the chassis and driving habits. A
under-bed propane tank will be available (with a range of approximately 250 miles) for users where range is not as important as bed capacity.

There will be no loss of horsepower, torque or towing capacity on the ROUSH propane-powered F-250 as compared to the truck's gasoline-powered equivalent. The truck will have all federal, CARB and Canadian
certifications.

ROUSH has long been considered as Detroit's foremost Tier 1 advanced powertrain engineering company and well known for producing massive horsepower from gasoline engines. Now this same company has turned their
resources towards helping fleet customers save money and reduce greenhouse gasses by utilizing propane as an engine fuel. The company launched a propane F-150 in 2007 and has plans for several additional
vehicles over the next few years.

Based in Livonia, Mich., "The Art of Performance Engineering" takes place at ROUSH Performance. To get a look behind the scenes at what goes on at ROUSH and how the vehicles and parts are designed, manufactured,
tested and produced logon to www.ROUSHtv.com. In addition to the array of Ford Mustang and F-150 styling, handling and performance upgrades, a complete line of performance parts and crate engines are offered. For
more information see your local ROUSH dealer, visit www.ROUSHperformance.com or telephone toll-free (800) 59-ROUSH.

*"ROUSH" is the registered trademark of ROUSH Performance Products, Inc., or its related entities.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Would there be any reason to be nervous in case of an accident? (Leaky propane tank...). I imagine not any different than if you are towing a 5th wheel with propane.

      Pretty cool idea. Burns cleaner, I imagine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Jalopnik link I posted above says this,

        "Safety actually improves over the gas-fed truck: The propane storage tank is tested at six times the usual pressure to ensure you don't turn into a mushroom cloud on your way back from Best Buy. Try saying that about the fuel tank in your Camry."

        Plus, if you opt for the under bed tank, I'm sure its housed between the frame rails like a standard fuel tank which offers a good deal of protection.
        • 5 Years Ago
        practically all of the taxis in Sydney, Australia run on LPG and you can buy it at most petrol stations there. It is quite common.
      • 5 Years Ago
      62 gallons??? so if 62 gallons gets you 500 miles, assume the normal talk is half that size...31 gallons.

      That looks to be about the size of a normal gas tank in one of these things. If you assume maybe somewhere around 15mpg (might be a bit generous - lot of highway driving) that's about a 465 mile range.

      So unless propane is half the price of gas, I don't see how this is a worthwhile conversion?

      Am I missing something?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gas mileage near the same? Power?
        • 5 Years Ago
        ooo nice. Sorry for being lazy with my skim reading. But yeah, all about the environmental benefits. I wish they would make it more enticing for people though
        • 5 Years Ago
        From the story:

        "They'll mean cheaper running costs but no loss of horsepower, torque or towing capacity. Depending on which conversion you choose, though, you could lose bed capacity: an under bed tank provides a 250-mile range, or a 62-gallon tank that goes in the bed means 500 miles of running."

        Simple to figure that 62gal of LPG will net you 500miles of driving(estimated) which comes to about 8MPG.

        It's not really meant to be a money-saving conversion, rather a more environmentally friendly one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      'what happened to cheap affordable hydrogen vehicles'

      And where you gonna fill up? Kennedy space center?

      Name one place liquid hydrogen is available for the public...

      LP is available nationwide...of course you'll look a little funny filling your F150 up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        along with hydrogen refueling stations of coarse :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the paint job (or vinyl), it's a modern take of the 2-tone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't this old news? Wasn't this same story posted last week? It is still pretty sweet. Still, thumbs up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this a diesel or gas engine?

      I know that propane injection has been used on diesels for years. Seems this would be a logical next step. The price isn't really a burden either once the credit is taken into account.

      Would really be better if it gave the option to run on either propane or fuel(gas or diesel, whichever it was converted from). I believe I've seen dual-fuel vehicles around before. While propane is much easier to come by than say, hydrogen, it's still not usually as accessible as gasoline or diesel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Put a quality riding mower in the back and this is Hank Hill's wet dream.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So true.

        LOL
        • 5 Years Ago
        good one!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I saw this headline and thought "Man, Hank Hill just popped one."
      • 5 Years Ago
      whats the price of liquid propane.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Depends on where you are and the market. It fluctuates about as wildly as gas can. Sometimes it's cheaper, and other times, it's more expensive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does it come with a "Man-step"?
      • 5 Years Ago
      umm just wonder what happened to cheap affordable hydrogen vehicles ?
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