ROUSH® INTRODUCES DEDICATED PROPANE-POWERED F-150 PICKUP TRUCK
LIVONIA , Mich. , March 24, 2008 – ROUSH® introduces the first dedicated
propane-powered F-150 pickup truck using an advanced liquid propane injection
system. The ROUSH® F-150 liquid propane injection system 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.
The base liquid propane injection
system option is $10,500 and includes a unique 59 gallon fuel tank mounted in
the pick up bed.
“Aside from its superb engineering, this
vehicle is right here, right now. It is an alternative fuel vehicle that has an
established refueling infrastructure to support it,” says Tom Arnold, director,
alternative fuel products for ROUSH®. “This vehicle will have a positive impact on reducing emissions and our
dependency on foreign oil.”
The liquid propane injection system
fuel rail assembly is made up of two billet aluminum propane injection fuel
rails, an insulated cross-over, a combined pressure/temperature sensor, and a
service port that provides data to the engines’ computer allowing for more
precise fuel control at the intake port.
The standard in-bed fuel tank
includes a special high flow fuel pump, dual filters, and the required control
valves needed to run the engine. The tank also contains the fuel sender and
electronic auto stop fill system. Fueling is done through the fuel filler door,
and an automatic stop fill device prevents overfilling. This will allow the
vehicle to be filled without using the “bleeder” system that vents propane
vapors during filling. Fuel is also filtered prior to entering the tank.
Vehicle start is controlled by a
“one-touch” system, where the engine controls take over from the driver to
provide the fastest possible start with the lowest emissions. The OEM engine
control is used with unique calibration values to suit the changes in properties
from gasoline to propane.
The maintenance schedule for the ROUSH®
F-150 liquid propane injection system is similar to that of a gasoline engine schedule
with no special oils or change intervals required.
The Propane Education and Research
Council (PERC) awarded the contract to ROUSH® in February 2006, and ROUSH®
designed, manufactured and brought the truck to market in only 24 months. “ROUSH®
has an unparalleled reputation for technical expertise, quality and value,”
says Brian Feehan, managing director of engine fuel programs for PERC. “It is
because of this expertise and experience that we chose ROUSH® to develop this
vehicle.” For more information or to
order a ROUSH® F-150 propane-powered truck, call 1-800-59ROUSH or visit www.propanetruck.us .
About ROUSH® Industries
ROUSH® Industries is a full-service
engineering supplier headquartered in the Detroit
suburb of Livonia , Michigan . ROUSH® has more than 2,500
employees in more than 50 facilities located throughout North America, Mexico , Europe, and the Far
East . Widely recognized for providing engineering, testing,
prototype development, and manufacturing services to the transportation
industry, ROUSH® also provides significant support to the automotive
aftermarket, aviation, electronic, consumer product, and motorsports
industries. For more information visit www.ROUSHind.com .
About the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC)
The Propane Education and Research
Council (PERC) is dedicated to promoting the safe, efficient use of odorized propane
as a preferred energy source. Through the Council, the propane industry has
committed itself to improving consumer and employee safety, to fund research
and development of new and more efficient propane equipment, and to expand
public awareness of propane and its many uses and environmental advantages. For
more information visit www.propanecouncil.org .
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