LIVONIA, Mich. - With so much talk these days about reducing emissions, lowering one’s carbon footprint, and going "green," ROUSH® has created an excellent fleet option by developing a Ford F-150 pickup powered by liquid propane. ROUSH® has long been considered as Detroit’s foremost Tier 1 advanced powertrain engineering company.
According to research provided by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), propane's emissions have lower carbon content than gasoline, diesel, heavy fuel oil, and ethanol. Even when upstream emissions - those released as a result of extracting and processing energy - are factored into the equation, propane is still one of the best fuel options from a greenhouse gas (GHG) perspective.
When fuel is burned at a 99 percent combustion rate, on-site emissions estimates of the amount of carbon dioxide released per Btu heavily favors liquid propane gas which releases only 62.7 kg CO2/million Btu^. Ethanol, commonly known as E85, releases 66.6 kg^, and gasoline falls in at 70.5 kg^. Diesel fuel is the worst of the group at 72.5 kg.^
The exhaust emitted from a properly maintained propane-fueled engine contains virtually no toxic compounds. And because the boiling point is 44 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, propane vaporizes almost instantly when released into the atmosphere. It degrades rapidly when exposed to the light, and no contamination will result from spills or leaks. Essentially, when released outside an enclosure, liquid propane can cause no ill effects.
Additionally, propane does not have the contaminants of some other fuels like diesel, and has less criteria pollutants across many applications. Propane's portability, storability, and environmental benefits also qualify it to serve the unique needs of several applications, such as fueling a fleet of pickup trucks.
The ROUSH® F-150 Liquid Propane Injection truck 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 TritonTM V-8 engine.
ROUSH® has begun taking orders for the propane-powered F-150. The 2008 model year truck can be ordered, delivered and serviced through a nationwide network of select Ford dealers.
The ROUSH® F-150 is available in Regular Cab, SuperCab and SuperCrew cab styles with XL, XLT, STX, & FX4 trim and all three different bed lengths. The liquid propane injection system option includes dedicated propane fuel lines, fuel rail assembly and fuel tank. Additionally, the vehicle’s computer has been re-calibrated to provide optimum performance and fuel economy.
Based in Livonia, Mich., "The Art of Performance Engineering" takes place at ROUSH® Performance. To get a look behind the scenes at what goes on at ROUSH® and how the vehicles are designed, manufactured and produced logon to . In addition to the Stage 1TM, Stage 2TM and Stage 3TM Ford Mustang and F-150 styling, handling and performance upgrades, a complete line of performance parts and crate engines are offered. For more information see your local ROUSH® dealer, visit or telephone toll-free (800) 59-ROUSH.
^Source: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 1994. DOE/PO-00280 Vol. 2 (October)