DETROIT - Roush Performance recently began taking orders for its fleet-oriented, propane-powered Ford F-150 trucks that not only match power levels of gasoline models, but will also allow owners to receive government tax breaks, according to the Web site www.motortrend.com.
First introduced in April 2007, Roush's truck is designed solely to run on natural propane gas. Using an updated Roush liquid propane injection system, the 2008 F-150 truck features a recalibrated ECU system that will properly control the dedicated propane fuel lines, fuel rails, and fuel tank of the 5.4L V-8. Roush claims that the propane truck will provide the same power, torque, and everyday drivability found on gasoline powered Triton V-8 model trucks.
Customers of the propane conversion will be able to utilize the new powerplant in the current lineup of multiple cab variations and trim designations offered by Ford, and will be able to service them at select dealers around the nation.
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), known as propane, has been widely used to power fleet vehicles around the world, and has the potential to reduce harmful greenhouse gasses by 96 percent versus regular gasoline. Other significant benefits include the reduced operating costs associated with propane, as well as LPG's easy portability and overall stability.
Buyers of Roush's propane-powered trucks will also be eligible to receive fuel discounts and other generous federal credits of up to $2,500 as a result of the 2005 federal Energy Bill.