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Roush CleanTech to debut natural gas Ford vans

Successful Dealer Staff February 20, 2013

Roush CleanTech is expanding its alternative fuel technology product offerings with new propane autogas fuel systems for Ford F-59, F-53 and E-450 stripped chassis.

Roush says its Ford F-59 commercial step van chassis and the Ford E-450 stripped chassis adapt to numerous fleet delivery applications, such as bakery, textile, multi-stop package delivery service, linen and medical services. The Ford F-53 platform offers a flexible commercial platform for trolleys, lunch trucks and others. The size and cargo capabilities of all three platforms, the company says, are customizable for specific business vehicle applications.

Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for Roush CleanTech, told CCJ the commercial stripped chassis platforms operating on propane autogas can save $35,000 or more in fuel and operating expenses over the vehicle’s lifecycle.

Built on a 2013 model year or newer chassis with a 6.8-liter, V10 engine, the Roush CleanTech propane autogas powered Ford F-53 and F-59 feature a 67-usable gallon propane autogas fuel tank. The Roush CleanTech propane autogas powered Ford E-450 stripped chassis comes equipped with a 41-usable gallon propane autogas fuel tank.

Each of the three Roush CleanTech fuel systems fulfill certification requirements in all 50 states by the California Air Resources Board and Environmental Protection Agency and achieve the same torque, towing and horsepower as conventionally fueled models.

“We’ve experienced high demand for alternative fuel options within the delivery, and propane autogas is the ideal fuel,” said Sean Connolly, general manager of Green Alternative Systems, a certified Ford QVM alternative fuels installer and primary installation partner for the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas powered Ford F-59 and F-53 stripped chassis. “These stripped chassis with the Roush CleanTech system run clean and reduce maintenance, fuel expenses and imported oil usage.”

Roush says propane autogas vehicles emit 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, 60 percent less carbon monoxide and up to 25 percent less greenhouse gases. Historically priced 30 to 40 percent less than gasoline, propane autogas is readily available through a growing nationwide network of refueling infrastructure. Also, federal tax credits provide an additional 50-cents-per-gallon savings on fuel costs.

All three platforms are available for immediate order through Roush CleanTech, and the vehicles’ production and delivery begins in May.

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