"The response from the fleets to our line of F-150, F-250 and F-350 propane pickups and conversion kits has been outstanding, and their feedback inspired us to develop the complete line of E-Series vans," said Jack Roush, chairman of the board at Roush Enterprises. "Many of the fleet managers we have spoken with utilize a tremendous number of vans in the course of their daily business and were looking for the type of cost and environmental advantages that propane offers as a motor fuel."
Orders can be placed for the E-150, E-250 and E-350, and production should begin in the first quarter of 2010. Roush will offer fuel conversion solutions for both passenger and cargo van applications. The E-Series was selected because Ford has long history in the van segment, and fleet managers are familiar with the ordering process, cost of ownership, and maintenance schedules.
The new E-Series vans will achieve Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II emission standards. An SULEV vehicle is typically 90 percent cleaner than the average new model year car or truck.
According to Roush, Propane offers up to 20 percent less nitrous oxide, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide and fewer particulate emissions.
"Evidence clearly shows that propane as a motor fuel can save fleets considerable amounts of money," said Brian Feehan, vice-president of the Propane Education & Research Council.
The E-Series vans will be covered by a three-year/36,000-mile warranty. Roush is currently working on developing a propane kit for the Ford 6.8L, V-10 engine used on the E-450 Cutaway vehicle, and this should be available in late 2010.
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