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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

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