Sustainability

ROUSH CleanTech Develops Propane Autogas Fuel System for the Ford E-350

Posted on October 9, 2017

Graphic courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.
Graphic courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

ROUSH CleanTech revealed its newest propane autogas vehicle, the Ford E-350 single-rear-wheel and dual-rear-wheel cutaway, which provides public transit agencies a smaller propane vehicle option for servicing routes with fewer customers, the company announced.

In addition to transit shuttles, the propane-fueled Ford E-350 cutaway is well suited for Type A school buses and delivery trucks in markets such as food and beverage and parcel.

The vehicles maintain the same horsepower, torque and towing capacity as their Ford gasoline-fueled counterparts, and are powered by a Ford 6.8L V10 2-valve engine. They will be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board and compliant with heavy-duty onboard diagnostics.

Each of the extended-range shuttles will emit about 90,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over its lifetime compared to gasoline-fueled counterparts. Historically, propane autogas costs up to 40 percent less than gasoline and 50 percent less than diesel, and reduces maintenance costs due to its clean-burning properties.

ROUSH CleanTech launched the new propane autogas model at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo in Atlanta.

The propane autogas Ford E-350 cutaway will be available in 2018 model year. Orders are now being taken with deliveries beginning by late spring 2018.

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