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News   April 13, 2007   by Auto Service World

Roush Introduces Propane Powered Ford

Roush introduces the first dedicated propane-powered F-150 pickup truck using an advanced liquid propane injection (LPI) system.
The Roush F-150 LPI is designed and manufactured to operate solely on propane while providing the same horsepower, torque and drivability of an F-150 equipped with a gasoline-powered 5.4-liter, 3-valve Triton V-8 engine.
Roush will begin taking orders for the propane-powered F-150 immediately.
The truck can be ordered, delivered and serviced through a nationwide network of select Ford dealers.
Offered as a 2007.5 model year vehicle, it is the only propane-powered light-duty truck available from an original equipment manufacturer this year.
The base LPI includes a unique 20 gallon toroidal fuel tank, mounted in place of the underbody spare tire.
For customers in need of increased range, a 50 gallon, in-bed fuel tank is available as an additional option.
The system will be introduced at the NPGA Southeastern Convention and International Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Aside from its superb engineering, this vehicle is right here, right now! It is an alternative fuel vehicle that has an established refueling infrastructure to support it,” says Tom Arnold, director, alternative fuel products for Roush.
“This vehicle will have a positive impact on reducing emissions and our dependency on foreign oil.”
Vehicle start is controlled by a “one-touch” system, where the engine controls take over from the driver to provide the fastest possible start with the lowest emissions.
The OEM engine control is used with unique calibration values to suit the changes in properties from gasoline to propane.
Roush Industries is a full-service engineering supplier headquartered in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, Michigan.
Roush has more than 2,500 employees in more than 50 facilities located throughout North America, Mexico, Europe, and the Far East.

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