ROUSH CleanTech has unveiled new propane autogas fuel systems for the Ford F-59, F-53 and E-450 stripped chassis. This is the first time a Ford Motor Co. Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) has offered autogas systems for these platforms.
The E-450 and F-59 (a commercial step van chassis) are widely used in delivery fleets, while the F-53 is a ‘flexible commercial platform for trolleys, lunch trucks and more,’ the company says. The propane conversions can be implemented on model-year 2013 or newer chassis with the 6.8-liter V10 engine. ROUSH CleanTech integrates a 67-usable-gallon propane tank on the F-53 and F-59, and the E-450 is equipped with a 41-usable-gallon tank.
‘These platforms are a home run for hub-and-spoke model fleets,’ says Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. ‘These commercial stripped chassis platforms operating on propane autogas can help companies save $35,000 or more in fuel and operating expenses over the vehicle's lifetime.’
All three systems are certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They are available for immediate order through ROUSH CleanTech, and the vehicles' production and delivery begins in May.