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Motorsport legend Jack Roush is bringing his trackside experience to the alternative fuel industry with a newly established venture called Roush CleanTech. The venture will focus on developing and marketing propane-fueled vehicles to the world's automotive giants. CleanTech is actively developing several products of the propane variety, including Ford F-450, F-550, F-650, and F-53/F-59 bare chassis, all powered by a 6.8-liter V10 engine fed by propane.

CleanTech president Joe Thompson said in a statement that propane is a viable and cost effective fuel for the future:
Propane burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel, with up to 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide, 24 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and fewer particulate emissions when compared to gasoline. Already the third most widely used fuel, it is available 'right here, right now' with a national infrastructure already in place. Propane plays a strong role in lowering our national dependence on imported oil, as 90 percent of the propane used today comes from domestic sources of production, and an additional 7 percent from Canada.
14 million vehicles across the globe operate on propane, but in the U.S., only 300,000 vehicles run on this readily available fuel. By focusing on products that highlight propane's performance and clean-burning properties, CleanTech hopes to convince Americans that propane is primed to become one of the dominant alternative fuels of the future. Hit the jump for more on Roush's new venture, CleanTech.

[Source: Roush CleanTech]

PRESS RELEASE

ROUSH CleanTech Driving Alternative Fuels and Propane Forward


ROUSH® CleanTech debuts as new propane-fueled vehicle engineering company at 2010 Green Fleet Expo.

LIVONIA, Mich. (October 18, 2010) – Jack Roush, legend and champion of motorsports, takes his track knowledge to the streets today with the announcement of a brand new venture bearing his well established brand - ROUSH® CleanTech, an environmentally-sound company destined to provide clean, "green" transportation fueled by propane and other alternative fuel options.

ROUSH CleanTech aims to increase the intensity of the corporate investment ROUSH has already made in liquid propane injection powered vehicles, while expediting new products to the market and putting more clean-fueled vehicles on roads worldwide. Products currently in development include Ford F-450, F-550, F-650, and F-53 / F-59 strip chassis, all with a 6.8 liter V10 propane engine.

"For more than 35 years the ROUSH brand has developed experience in OEM-level automotive engineering, design, manufacturing, certification, and assembly," said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales & marketing. "Today we announce the formation of ROUSH CleanTech, which blends our corporate talents into delivering product into the alternative fuels landscape. Our focus is on three key areas: providing the very best in quality, performance, and service for our customers."

"More than 14 million vehicles around the globe operate on propane, but in the United States that figure is fewer than 300,000," continued Mouw. "ROUSH CleanTech's existing lineup of liquid propane injection powered vehicles, including several models of Ford F-series pickups and E-series vans, and future product offerings will revolutionize the way people view alternatively-fueled modes of transportation."

According to Joe Thompson, the president of ROUSH CleanTech, propane offers a variety of advantages. "Propane burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel, with up to 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide, 24 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and fewer particulate emissions when compared to gasoline," said Thompson. "Already the third most widely used fuel, it is available 'right here, right now' with a national infrastructure already in place. Propane plays a strong role in lowering our national dependence on imported oil, as 90 percent of the propane used today comes from domestic sources of production, and an additional 7 percent from Canada."

For more information on the new company, please visit www.ROUSHcleantech.com.
About the company: Based in Livonia, Mich., ROUSH® CleanTech offers dedicated liquid-propane injection fuel systems for a variety of light- and medium- duty Ford vehicles, including the F-150, F-250, and F-350 truck series, and the E-150, E-250, E-350, and E-450 cutaway van series. Currently offered through authorized Ford dealerships around the country, the ROUSH® CleanTech propane system delivers the same factory Ford performance characteristics, warranty coverage, and serviceability. Customers can reduce operating costs significantly while reducing vehicle emissions.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Fragmentation, the harvesting of natural gas is destroying our precious water with the use of carcinogenic compounds. Watch "Gasland". It's an eye opener.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hank Hill's new gig? :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 for King of the Hill refrence xD
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do commercial vehicles in the States need a 6.8 V10?! Presumably before the conversion these engines were running on petrol? If so that's so wastefull!
        BipDBo
        • 4 Years Ago
        In higher power and torque applications, larger displacement does not neccessarily cause inefficiency. For example, the large displacement LS V8s seen in the Corvette are more efficient than the lower displacement competitors built by Porsche, Ferrarri, etc. In trucking, this is also true. Full sized tractor trailer rigs have 16 liter engines that only pump out 350 - 500 hp. These engines are specifically designed to do their job, burning as little fuel as possible becase fuel eats profit. These large engines are efficiant because they cruise at very low rpm (and high torque), and therfore process the same amount of air as a much smaller engine cruising at 3000 rpm.

        In many other countries, Particularly in Europe, vehicles are taxed based on engine displacement. This is my understanding, at least. I may be incorrect or outdated. If so, this basis makes as much sense as taxing based on car color.

        Also, a 6.8 liter V10 is a very large engine, even for American standards. I don't know much about propane, but I am pretty sure that it has a lower thermal density than gas or diesel, and probably a lower burning temperature. The hydrogen ICE vehicles you read about use huge engines that churn out very little power, and propane is probably similar to a lesser degree. My guess is that they chose the largest engine because it was neccessary to get a decent amount of power out of the propane.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Although it's unfair to tar every American with the same brush it is sadly true for a lot of ingnorant people across the world... [/inb4drama]
        • 4 Years Ago
        Depends what you are doing with it. These heavy duty truck chassis's usually serve as platforms for large dump trucks, cement mixers, tow vehicles, cranes etc. Most are sold with Ford's Powerstroke diesels however. A propane conversion is probably cheaper than buying the diesel, and certainly cleaner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know big rigs have huge engines (often with double figure displacements) but a 6.8 in a pick-up or van seems very wastefull to me seeing as vans and pick-ups in Europe typically have 2.0 to 3.5 turbo diesel engines which have enough low end torque for their applications.

        On an interesting note the toyota Mega Cruser has a 4.1 I4 turbo diesel and is the size of a Hummer H1!
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's a land of mindless excess. hick posers celebrating ignorance. if they could vote for a V8 for president they would. Haul/Torque 2012 and Chip Foose as secretary of state.

        it's as if something is depriving USA of real values to strive for and in the absense they celebrate ignorance and worship false values such as bigger is better. irrespective of how primitive it is. it's like the movie Idiocracy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The whole idea of everyone doing as he pleases developing new cars in every which way in every direction may be all well & fine but what a waste of man power and time when it comes to developing power options and the ultimate drive train.

      We all know industry wants to stick with revenues they now make by charging for fuel & making servicing ever more expensive! It's called stupidity on both our parts to continue to accept this wasteful way & industry's insolence & lack of ability to save customers money in every sense when it is within their grasp to do so!.

      To save everyone on this planet in company transport & in the public sector of new auto development, the car industry should agree to work together to develop the ultimate hybrid and eventually an all battery operated drive train with internal charging system as everyone moves forward to meet the dead line coming on fast with oil & gas becoming the Big losers!

      Call me an optimist! arch
      • 4 Years Ago
      Instead of propane, we should use propanol and its sister alcohols - methanol, ethanol, and butanol, in fully flex-fueled vehicles. All these alcohols are liquid at normal temperature and pressure and can be mixed with gasoline or each other in any mix or none at all in FFVs. That gives FFVs a versatility that a propane vehicle cannot match.
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