Roush CleanTech has developed a propane autogas fuel system for the Ford F-750 chassis and its 6.8L V-10 engine.
The model was created in response to the growing demand for an autogas-fueled medium-duty chassis for bobtail applications, cylinder delivery trucks, and larger tank setters and box trucks, said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for Roush CleanTech.
“Now fleet managers can purchase an F-750 that not only costs less (than diesel) initially, but also saves money at the pump and uses a clean-operating, American-made fuel,” he said.
With the system, the Ford F-750, rated at up to 33,000 pounds, comes with a 50-usable-gallon fuel tank, located on the driver side for ease of fueling. An extended tank option is available for those in need of more mileage.
Victory Propane, a supplier in Michigan, is one of the first to purchase the new Ford F-750 with the system.
“Victory Propane already has 25 Ford F-650s equipped with the Roush CleanTech fuel system,” said Gregg Falberg, the firm’s president. “We will increase our autogas fleet with Roush’s first two Ford F-750s, and 13 more have been ordered.”
Historically, propane autogas costs up to 40% less than gasoline and 50% less than diesel, Mouw said. Each Ford F-750 equipped with this fuel system will emit about 120,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over its lifetime compared to conventionally fueled counterparts. The engine meets Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board certification requirements.
As a Tier 1 supplier and Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier manufacturer, Roush CleanTech outfits propane autogas vehicles that retain all Ford performance characteristics, such as horsepower, torque, and towing, while maintaining the OEM factory warranty.
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