ROUSH CleanTech has developed a propane autogas fuel system for the Ford E-350 single-rear-wheel and dual-rear-wheel cutaway vehicle, which the company says provides public transit agencies a smaller propane vehicle option for servicing routes with fewer customers.
“We have well over 1,000 Ford E-450 propane autogas cutaways operating in transit fleets across the nation,” says Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. “But, for agencies looking for a smaller, lighter vehicle with our innovative propane technology that maintains the original base Ford warranty, they can choose the Ford E-350 beginning with 2018 model year.”
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, according to the ROUSH. 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.
“As both our technology and propane autogas expand in popularity, we stay committed to developing clean-operating, cost-effective products that serve our customers and meet market demand,” says Mouw.
ROUSH CleanTech launched the new propane autogas model at this week’s 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.