As the oil spill drama unfolds along the Gulf Coast, look for propane fueled vehicles to become more desirable for fleet businesses. Roush Propane Powered Vehicles offers a primer on propane.
1) ROUSH has been working for over four years in conjunction with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and Ford Motor Company to develop liquid propane injection (LPI) fuel systems for a variety of Ford vehicles. These vehicles include: 2007 . & 2008 F-150, 2009 & 2010 F-250 & F-350, 2009 and newer E-150, E-250, E-350 and 2009 and newer E-450 cutaway vans for use in shuttle bus and delivery applications.
2) ROUSH developed propane systems offer the same horsepower, torque and towing ratings as their gasoline-powered equivalents. This is a significant development in that previous generation vapor injection propane systems compromised these performance categories.
3) Propane significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions (24%), nitrogen oxide emissions (20%) and carbon monoxide emissions (60%) vs. gasoline engine operation.
4) Fleet customers are seeing a significant savings in operating costs when converting from gas to propane. There is an existing federal tax credit that can cover up to 50% to 80% of the incremental cost of converting your vehicle to propane from gasoline (up to $8,000) and a $.50 per gallon fuel credit when a fleet has their own propane fueling infrastructure.
5) More than 90% of the propane used in the United States is produced domestically. Not only does this ensure consistent supply, it also helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
6) There is no impact to the factory 3 year / 36,000 mile base warranty or the 5 year / 60,000 ROUSH propane-powered vehicles can be serviced by any of mile powertrain warranty. Roush propane-powered vehicles can be serviced by any of Ford's 3,800 dealers.
7) The cost of adding propane fueling infrastructure is inexpensive, and many of the over 10,000 propane distributors nationwide will install infrastructure for no cost, in return for a fueling contract for your fleet.
8) ROUSH systems are in compliance with all CARB, EPA, NHTSA and NFPA safety regulations.
9) There are more than 13 million vehicles worldwide that are powered by propane, making it the third most common engine fuel behind gasoline and diesel.
10) Worldwide use of propane has shown that, based on per capita use, propane has one of the best safety records of any fuel, conventional or alternative. Propane tanks are 20 times more puncture resistant than conventional fuel tanks.
Source: Roush Propane Powered Vehicles and Roush Performance Products