Vehicles

Propane Autogas To Fuel MKT And Sedans In Future

Posted on October 5, 2011

CHICAGO — Todd Mouw, vice president of ROUSH CleanTech, has told LCT that Ford has invested more than $20 million in product development, and ROUSH plans to bring propane fuel systems to more platforms, including sedans. He also said that within the next 24 months the industry will see a propane option for the Lincoln MKT Town Car.

“Propane is ready for primetime,” Mouw said. “We are going to continue to innovate, make the products better, and bring it to more platforms. One day you’ll see propane autogas in passenger cars.”

Propane autogas fuel systems offer the same horsepower, torque and towing ratings as gasoline-powered vehicles. It burns cleaner in engines than conventional vehicles, offering the potential for longer engine life. It typically can be bought for 40% less than gasoline, helping operators minimize operating costs without sacrificing vehicle performance.

More than 90% of the propane used in the U.S. is produced domestically, ensuring consistent supply and reducing dependency on foreign fossil fuels.

Fueling infrastructure is more cost effective and easier to install than other alternative fuel options. In Phoenix, American propane supplier Ferrellgas installed 11 propane fueling sites that operate 24/7, and Mouw expects more to come in cities such as Seattle, Denver, Dallas, Orlando, Atlanta, Austin, San Antonio, and around southern California.

ROUSH CleanTech has been working with the Propane Education & Research Council and Ford Motor Co. since 2006 to develop liquid propane autogas fuel systems for a variety of Ford commercial vehicles. Of interest to operators are the Ford E-150, E-250 and E-350 passenger vans, and E-350 & E-450 single and dual rear-wheel cutaway vans for use in shuttle bus and delivery applications.

—    Michael Campos, LCT assistant editor

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Motorcoach Sales Grow Steady, ABA Foundation Report Says

Sales for the first quarter were dominated by private sales of new 45-foot motorcoaches.

Mercedes-Benz Plans Self-Driving Ride Service By 2020

The number of potential movers and shakers in the field of autonomous taxiing seems to be ever growing. 

LGE Coachworks F-550 Is One Groovy Minibus

Vehicle Pick Of The Week: This party bus will bring the pizazz; leave it to your clients to supply the dollar bills.

GM’s Super Cruise To Debut On 2018 Cadillac CT6

The automaker says its driver-assist system has an added level of safety its competitors don't.

2018 Lincoln Navigator Boosts Power, Luxury

Vehicle Review: For the first time, the vehicle will offer an available wireless phone charger in the first-row center console media bin.

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (0)

Post a Comment

Submit

Blog

See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - April 2017 $12.95 F&I / SPECIAL EVENTS ISSUE COVER STORY: * Don't Panic: Confronting Worst Fears - Fleet Risks * *



Connect

Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close