In April 2009, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the Ford F-150 that Roush converted to burn propane for sale in California. This was the last step in allowing the Livonia, MI-based company to sell the trucks in all 50 states. CARB technically only regulates vehicles within its borders, but states like Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and New York follow CARB guidelines. We knew at the time that Roush was working on getting the Ford F-250 and F-350 ready, too, and CARB has now granted certification approval to those propane-powered pickups as well, so anyone who was waiting for the larger models with the 5.4L V8 engine can now get them anywhere in the U.S.

What's next? Well, Roush says that propane-powered Ford E-150, E-250 and E-350 passenger and cargo vans are scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2010. With the company's strong track record, we expect them to meet this deadline. Further down the road, the Ford E-450 will also be converted. Roush's propane plans are spelled out here and the pres release is available after the jump.

[Source: Roush]

PRESS RELEASE

CARB APPROVAL GRANTED TO ROUSH PROPANE-POWERED FORD F-250 & F-350 PICKUPS

LIVONIA, Mich. (March 3, 2010) – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has granted certification approval for the ROUSH® propane-powered Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups; this means these alternative fuel vehicles meet the strict emission standards of that state and can now be sold and operated in all 50 states.

CARB is the "clean air agency" in the state and has the stated goals of improving the air quality and reducing the public's exposure to air contaminants. Currently, California is the only state with such a regulatory agency, but several others follow the CARB guidelines (including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and New York).

With CARB-approval in hand, ROUSH is now allowed to sell ROUSH-built propane-powered Ford F-250 & F-350 trucks in all 50 states. This is valid for the 2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 models with the 5.4L V8 engine. ROUSH is currently working towards receiving this same CARB certification for the upcoming 2011 propane-powered Ford E-150, E-250 and E-350 passenger and cargo vans launching in the second quarter of 2010.

"We have made a significant investment in our liquid-propane injection technology, and we look forward to helping fleet operators across the country reduce their carbon footprint and operating costs with our propane-powered vehicles. We have more than two hundred 2010 Ford F-250s and F-350s in our inventory, so we have plenty of trucks available to meet customer demand," said Todd Mouw, director of sales & marketing for ROUSH Propane Vehicles.

Future ROUSH plans include converting the Ford E-Series vans to run on propane, as well as the Ford E-450 cutaway with the 6.8L V10 engine. Complete details on the ROUSH propane offerings can be found online at www.ROUSHperformance.com/propane or by calling 800-59-ROUSH.

As an alternative fuel, propane offers a variety of advantages. It is available "right here, right now" with a national infrastructure already in place. Propane burns cleaner, with up to 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide and fewer particulate emissions. It is already the third most widely used fuel worldwide, following gasoline and diesel. Propane is 90 percent domestically produced, and as an alternate fuel, the purchase of propane-powered vehicles are eligible for a variety of federal, state, and municipal tax credits or rebates.

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 are designed, manufactured and produced logon to www.ROUSHtv.com. For more information see your local ROUSH® dealer, visit www.ROUSHperformance.com or telephone toll-free (800) 59-ROUSH. Follow us on Twitter @_ROUSH_ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roushperformance.

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