Livonia, Michigan/Ottawa, Ontario – ROUSH® Performance has announced a line of ROUSH® propane-powered pickups and vans will soon be available for Canadian fleet customers. The announcement was made in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Conference of the Propane Gas Association of Canada (PGAC) being held at the Westin Ottawa Hotel June 4 and 5.
The first ROUSH® propane-powered vehicles that will be available in Canada are based on the Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups, with both offering reduced operating costs and lower greenhouse emissions than their gasoline-powered counterparts. ROUSH® also announced that they would be converting E-Series vans to run on liquid propane and these would also be available for Canadian customers later this year. It is anticipated that each model will have the necessary Transport Canada and other required certifications.
"We are extremely excited to offer our propane-powered vehicles for sale to our neighbours in Canada and we have already had a number of interested fleets asking when these trucks would be available," said Joe Thompson, Vice-President & General Manager of ROUSH® Performance. "Canada produces a surplus of propane each year, so it makes sense to utilize this abundant fuel to run a fleet of vehicles."
According to research provided by the Propane Education & Research Council, operating costs typically range from 5 to 30 percent less than those of a gasoline-powered fleet, and, on average, create 20 percent less nitrogen oxides, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide and fewer particulate emissions. According to the World LP Gas Association, propane is the most widely used alternative fuel today, with more than 13 million vehicles around the world already using it as an engine fuel.
With deliveries anticipated to start in the fall, ROUSH® will make this product available in two forms; customers can choose either a complete ROUSH-assembled vehicle that will have a 3-year/58,000 kilometre (36,000 mile) warranty, or a conversion kit to fit existing trucks in the field, which also carries the same warranty.
The order banks for the vehicles and the conversion kits, both of which are true OEM-quality in terms of engineering and materials, are now open. Among the components changed by ROUSH® are the fuel tank with integrated fuel pump, wiring and valving; stainless steel fuel lines; billet aluminum fuel rails; an upgraded custom ROUSH® PCM calibration; and all necessary wiring, hardware and instructions. The ROUSH® propane-powered F-250 will be fitted with a 27-gallon under-bed tank that has an approximate range of 362 kilometres (225 miles); the E-Series vans will likely receive a 27-gallon tank and have a range of approximately 478 kilometres (297 miles).
There is no loss of horsepower, torque or towing capacity on the ROUSH® propane-powered vehicles as compared to their gasoline-powered equivalents.
"The propane industry in Canada is delighted with ROUSH®’s initiative to bring OEM vehicles to Canada," said Ann Marie Hann, President of the Propane Gas Association of Canada. "Making this choice available to consumers adds another level of convenience in going green."
ROUSH® has long been considered Detroit’s foremost Tier 1 advanced powertrain engineering company and is well known for improving the performance of gasoline engines. Now this same company has turned their considerable resources toward helping fleet customers save money and reduce greenhouse gasses by utilizing propane as an engine fuel. The company launched a propane F-150 in 2007 and has plans for several additional vehicles over the next few years.
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Propane is a widely available and reliable fuel that provides a clean-burning, cost-competitive alternative to conventional fuels. With over 2000 retail outlets, Canada’s propane infrastructure exceeds that of any other alternative transportation fuel. There are an estimated 60,000 propane-powered vehicles operating in Canada today.
The PGAC is the national voice of the Canadian propane industry. Its mission is to support members in the growth and development of a safe, environmentally responsible Canadian propane industry, for the benefit of all Canadians. Its nearly 300 members include propane producers, wholesalers, retailers and transporters, as well as manufacturers of appliances, cylinders and equipment. Visit www.propanegas.ca