(April 3, 2008) – Fleet owners that put the 2008 ROUSH® F-150 Liquid Propane
Injection pickup into service will find the bed useful for hauling a different
type of cargo than anticipated – the barrels of cash that could be received
through tax credits via the utilization of propane as an alternate fuel. ROUSH
has long been considered as
foremost Tier 1 advanced powertrain engineering company and the perfect
candidate to develop a viable propane-powered vehicle.
The first credit is part of the 2005 Energy Bill which provides
the purchaser of an alternative fuel vehicle a credit on the incremental cost
of such a vehicle (incremental cost is defined as the price of the alternative
fuel vehicle over the cost of a similar petroleum-powered vehicle).
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has established a cap on
the maximum amount that can be credited based on the type, weight, and
emissions of the vehicle. The ROUSH F-150 Liquid Propane Injection pickup
qualifies for a maximum allowable credit of $2,500.
Additionally, and perhaps even more important to fleet
operators who meet the qualifications, is a 50 cent per gallon credit on the
propane used to power motor vehicles such as the ROUSH F-150 Liquid Propane
Injection truck. Obviously, there are restrictions set by the IRS, and as with
all tax ramifications it is advisable to research your specific needs and how
the rules will affect your fleet business.
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.
When used as a vehicle fuel, propane offers an extremely low
carbon footprint. According to research provided by the Propane Education &
Research Council (PERC), propane’s emissions have lower carbon content than
gasoline, diesel, heavy fuel oil, and ethanol (commonly known as E85). 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.
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 almost
instantly when released into the atmosphere. It degrades rapidly when exposed
to the light, and no contamination will result from spills or leaks.
Essentially, when released outside an enclosure, liquid propane can cause no
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.
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In addition to the array of Ford Mustang and F-150 styling, handling and
performance upgrades, a complete line of performance parts and crate engines
are offered. For more information see your local ROUSH dealer, visit www.ROUSHperformance.com or
telephone toll-free (800) 59-ROUSH.
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