Cleanfuel USA announced EPA certification of their new liquid propane engine, the first to be built on a General Motors 6.0-liter chassis. Designed for OEMs to produce new light-duty vehicles that operate on propane, Cleanfuel's liquid propane injection (LPI) system provides a high-performance, fuel-efficient alternative to gasoline and diesel engines to help fleets significantly reduce carbon emissions. Cleanfuel says their system performed 25 percent better than comparable gasoline and diesel engines tested against current EPA standards including a "zero" in particulate matter emissions rate.
Roush Performance also had an EPA-approval announcement of their own: their 2010 E-150, E-250, and E-350 propane fuel conversion system utilizing the Ford 5.4-liter V8 engine has met the Federal emission regulatory requirements for new vehicles. This means the vehicles are certified to be sold anywhere in the U.S. except California and states that have adopted the California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification standards. CARB certification is currently pending, as is EPA approval for other additional model year vans. However, production and shipment of conversion systems and of Roush-built vehicles can commence immediately. Roush received CARB approval for their F-250 and F-350 propane-injection system last month.
[Source: Cleanfuel USA, Roush]
EPA Certifies CleanFUEL USA's Latest Propane Engine System
Superior Liquid Propane Injection Technology Designed for Light-Duty Fleet Vehicles
GEORGETOWN, TX--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) - Today CleanFUEL USA, a leading supplier of alternative fuel infrastructure and propane engine systems, announced EPA certification of the industry's first liquid propane engine built on a General Motors (GM) 6.0L chassis. Designed for OEMs to produce new light-duty vehicles that operate on propane, CleanFUEL's liquid propane injection (LPI) system provides a high-performance, fuel-efficient alternative to gasoline and diesel engines to help fleets significantly reduce carbon emissions. Propane is a domestically abundant, cost-competitive and cleaner-burning fuel and is ideal for fleet transportation markets.
Sales of alternative fuel vehicles, including plug-in hybrid electric, mild hybrid 1, natural gas and propane (also known as Autogas and liquefied petroleum gas/LPG), and fuel cell powered vehicles are expected to increase to 49 percent by 2035, up 36 percent from 2008 based on the Annual Energy Outlook 2010 report released by the U.S Energy Information Administration (EIA). About 13 million cars and trucks worldwide are powered by propane today, and it is gaining popularity as a transportation fuel because of its cost -- roughly 40-50 percent less than gasoline/diesel per gallon -- and its environmental benefits.
CleanFUEL's advanced propane engine utilizes the patented Icom JTG Technology and System manufactured by Icom North America and offers the same horsepower, torque and performance as gasoline-powered engines. Yet it produces 87 percent less hydrocarbons and 50 percent fewer toxins than gasoline. CleanFUEL's system performed 25 percent better than comparable gasoline and diesel engines tested against current EPA standards, also reporting zero in particulate matter emissions rate. With the EPA setting stricter fuel efficiency standards, new engine technologies, such as CleanFUEL's LPI system offers vehicle manufacturers a viable and cleaner-burning alternative for light-duty fleet vehicles, including passenger vans, shuttle buses, walk-in vans and utility and service vehicles.
"As the leader in the Type-A (small) school bus industry, it's essential to deliver innovative products that meet our customers' demand for clean fuel alternative vehicles," said Kent Tyler, President of Collins Bus Corporation. "We are excited to partner with leaders in the propane industry, such as CleanFUEL USA and PERC (Propane Education & Research Council) to expand fleet options for school districts evaluating greener modes of transportation to take advantage of federal tax incentives."
Collins will display its propane school bus test vehicle, featuring CleanFUEL's new EPA certified 6.0L LPI system, April 9-12, 2010 at the Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo. The engine is undergoing CARB testing and CleanFUEL expects the engine to be fully certified and commercially available by summer of 2010.
About CleanFUEL USA Founded in 1993, CleanFUEL USA is a recognized leader in certified and approved alternative fuel dispensing equipment for propane and E85. CleanFUEL is also a leader in the advancement of liquid propane injection systems for light to medium duty fleet vehicles using Icom's patented JTG technology and system. The company distributes OEM and aftermarket engine fuel systems, fleet management network services, and associated technical support, training and fuel contract services. CleanFUEL USA is a registered trademark of CleanFUEL Holdings, Inc. Headquartered in Georgetown, Texas, CleanFUEL has sales, engineering, and operations facilities in Michigan, California, Kansas and Florida as well as international offices in New Delhi, India and Buenos Aires, Argentina. www.cleanfuelusa.com
EPA GRANTS APPROVAL FOR ROUSH PROPANE-FUELED E-150 / E-250 / E-350
LIVONIA, Mich. (April 6, 2010) – ROUSH® Performance received positive news from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that their 2010 E-150, E-250, and E-350 propane fuel conversion system has met the Federal emission regulatory requirements as established by the government agency.
This means that the 2010 ROUSH E-150, E-250, and E-350 LPI system conforms to the Federal emissions standards in place for the control of air pollution from New Motor Vehicles. These ROUSH vehicles are now certified to be sold anywhere in the country, with the exception of California and those states which have adopted the California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification standards. CARB certification is currently pending, as is EPA approval for other additional model year vans. Production and shipment of conversion systems and of ROUSH-built vehicles can commence immediately.
The EPA certification covers the 2010 model year Ford E-150, E-250, and E-350 cargo vans, wagons, and certain cutaway configurations with a GVWR of up to 10,000 pounds (the Heavy Duty Vehicle 1 classification), utilizing the Ford 5.4L, 2V V-8 engine. Vehicles can be ordered with the conversion performed at the ROUSH vehicle assembly facility in Livonia, Mich., or a conversion system can be ordered and installed by a qualified up fitter on an existing vehicle meeting the appropriate configuration standards.
The purchase of propane-powered vehicles is eligible for a variety of federal, state, and municipal tax credits or rebates. The Qualified Alternative Fuel Motor Vehicle (QAFMV) federal tax credit is available to be applied toward the purchase of vehicles that have been repowered to operate on an alternative fuel. The ROUSH propane powered E-150, E-250, and E-350 is unique as it was calibrated and certified to stricter emissions standards than the EPA mandated for vehicles of its class. That means the QAFMV tax credit can cover 80 percent of the incremental cost to convert certain models, up to an $8,000 cap for qualified buyers.
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 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. It is already the third most widely used fuel worldwide, following gasoline and diesel. Propane also plays a strong role in lowering our national dependence on foreign oil, as 90 percent of the propane used today comes from domestic sources of production.
Complete details on the ROUSH propane offerings can be found online at www.SwitchToPropane.com or by calling 800-59-ROUSH.
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