ROUSH CleanTech and Green Alternative Systems Unveil New Propane Autogas Fueled Ford F-550
Additional vehicle options fill growing demand for clean, economical alternative fuel
INDIANAPOLIS (March 7, 2013) — ROUSH CleanTech and Green Alternative Systems (GAS) revealed the new Ford F-550 chassis cab powered by clean, economical propane autogas at the NTEA Work Truck Show yesterday.
With more than 65 usable gallons, this vehicle offers the longest driving range of any dedicated alternative fuel counterpart on the market. The fuel tank sits between the frame rails and behind the aft axle.Customizable to carry up to 33 passengers as a shuttle, the Ford F-550 also suits the delivery, construction, transit and utility markets. Equipped with a 6.8-liter, V10 engine, the propane autogas alternative fuel system is available beginning with 2013 model year vehicles or newer.
GAS, a certified Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) installer, designs mounting hardware, handles packaging strategy and integrates ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system technology into the F-550 chassis cab. The vehicles maintain the factory Ford warranty and the same horsepower, torque and towing capacity as their gasoline counterparts.
“Partnering with Ford QVM installers allows us the flexibility to launch products faster and package our fuel system to fit customer needs,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. “With gas and diesel prices soaring, companies looking for an alternative fuel that doesn’t compromise functionality will see significant savings to their bottom line using this cleaner-burning, American fuel.”
Fleet professionals running propane autogas vehicles can expect to save at least 40 percent on the price of fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 percent compared to gasoline. When compared to diesel, propane autogas emits significantly fewer smog-producing hydrocarbons; eliminates particulate matter by virtually 100 percent; and, due to less carbon buildup,propane engines tend to last much longer than diesel engines.Plus, propane autogas delivers the largest refueling network of any alternative fuel in the nation with thousands of public fueling stations located across the country.
“This is a monumental new product release for the fleet industry,” said Sean Connolly, general manager of GAS.“With an industry-leading fuel capacity, this dedicated propane autogas vehicle fills the gap for a reliable alternative fuel option for this commonly used application.”
Working together to expand propane autogas product offerings for a variety of markets, the two companies previously announced the GAS F-59 propane autogas fueling system by ROUSH CleanTech for the Ford F-59 and F-53 stripped chassis. Each of these platforms is available for order through GAS, with production and delivery starting in late May 2013.
About Green Alternative Systems: Headquartered in Elkhart, Ind., Green Alternative Systems (GAS) designs, converts and installs dedicated propane and alternative fuel systems for buses, trucks and commercial vehicles. GAS is the largest commercial alternative fuel upfitter in the country, offering dedicated propane fueling systems from ROUSH CleanTech. GAS has an educated and well-trained team of sales and service personnel located at facilities across the country. Complete details can be found online at greenalternativesystems.comor by calling 877.686.9448.
About ROUSH CleanTech: ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology, is a division of ROUSH Enterprises based in Livonia, Mich. ROUSH CleanTech designs, engineers, manufactures and installs propane autogas fuel system technology for light- and medium-duty Ford commercial vehicles, and Type A and Type C Blue Bird school buses. As a Ford QVM-certified alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer, ROUSH CleanTech delivers economical, clean and domestically produced fueling options for fleets across the country. Learn more at ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.
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