Propane footprint

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(March 27, 2008) – With so much talk these days about reducing emissions,
lowering one’s carbon footprint, and going “green,” ROUSH® has created an excellent
fleet option by developing a Ford F-150 pickup powered by liquid propane.
ROUSH® has long been considered as Detroit’s
foremost Tier 1 advanced powertrain engineering company


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. 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.


When fuel is burned at a 99 percent combustion rate, on-site
emissions estimates of the amount of carbon dioxide released per Btu heavily
favors liquid propane gas which releases only 62.7 kg CO2/million Btu^.
Ethanol, commonly known as E85, releases 66.6 kg^, and gasoline falls in at
70.5 kg^. Diesel fuel is the worst of the group at 72.5 kg.^


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 ill effects.


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.


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.


Based in Livonia,
, “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 and parts are designed,
manufactured, tested and produced logon to
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 or
telephone toll-free (800) 59-ROUSH. 


*"ROUSH" is the registered trademark of ROUSH
Performance Products, Inc., or its related entities.”


^Source: U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) 1994. DOE/PO-00280 Vol. 2 (October)

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