Roush propane F-150 leaves minimal carbon footprint

In some countries, LPG (liquified propane gas) is an increasingly common fuel for automobiles due to its comparatively low cost and 15-20 percent lower emissions compared to gasoline or diesel fuel. Though some are against the practice, a few governments encourage the use of LPG through lowered taxes. In America, propane for automotive use is usually limited to large fleets, where the specialized pumping equipment can be cost effectively purchased. As we mentioned before, Roush has decided to tap into this fleet market with a new LPG version of the popular Ford F-150.

Using Ford's 5.4-liter, 3-valve Triton™ V-8 engine, Roush promises the same performance as the gasoline version. Available in available in Regular Cab, SuperCab and SuperCrew cab styles with XL, XLT, STX, & FX4 trim along with all three different bed lengths and two different sized LPG tanks, we'd imagine that no matter what your needs may be, Roush has an LPG-equipped truck that will suit you. According to the press release after the break, Roush is currently taking orders for the new pickup, which can be ordered, delivered and serviced through a network of select Ford dealers across the nation.

Press Release:

LIVONIA, Mich. (March 28, 2008) – With so much talk these days about reducing emissions, lowering one's carbon footprint, and going "green," ROUSH® has created an excellent fleet option by developing a Ford F-150 pickup powered by propane. ROUSH has long been considered as Detroit's foremost Tier 1 advanced powertrain engineering company.

According to research commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and conducted by Energetics, Inc., propane's emissions have lower carbon content than gasoline, diesel, heavy fuel oil, and ethanol. Even when upstream emissions - those released as a result of extracting and processing energy - are factored into the equation, propane is still one of the best fuel options from a greenhouse gas (GHG) perspective.

When fuel is burned at a 99 percent combustion rate, on-site emissions estimates of the amount of carbon dioxide released per Btu heavily favors liquid propane gas which releases only 62.7 kg CO2/million Btu^. Ethanol, commonly known as E85, releases 66.6 kg^, and gasoline falls in at 70.5 kg^. Diesel fuel is the worst of the group at 72.5 kg.^

The exhaust emitted from a properly maintained propane-fueled engine contains virtually no toxic compounds. And because the boiling point is 44 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, propane vaporizes instantly when released into the atmosphere. It degrades rapidly when exposed to the light, and no contamination will result from spills or leaks.

Additionally, propane does not have the contaminants of some other fuels like diesel, and has less criteria pollutants across many applications. Propane's portability, storability, and environmental benefits also qualify it to serve the unique needs of several applications, such as fueling a fleet of pickup trucks.

The ROUSH F-150 Liquid Propane Injection truck is designed and manufactured to operate solely on propane while providing the same horsepower, torque and drivability of an F-150 equipped with a gasoline-powered 5.4-liter, 3-valve Triton™ V-8 engine.

ROUSH has begun taking orders for the propane-powered F-150. The 2008 model year truck can be ordered, delivered and serviced through a nationwide network of select Ford dealers.

The ROUSH F-150 is available in Regular Cab, SuperCab and SuperCrew cab styles with XL, XLT, STX, & FX4 trim and all three different bed lengths. The liquid propane injection system option includes dedicated propane fuel lines, fuel rail assembly and fuel tank. Additionally, the vehicle's computer has been re-calibrated to provide optimum performance and fuel economy.

[Source: Roush]

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