Motorsport legend Jack Roush is bringing his trackside experience to the alternative fuel industry with a newly established venture called Roush CleanTech. The venture will focus on developing and marketing propane-fueled vehicles to the world's automotive giants. CleanTech is actively developing several products of the propane variety, including Ford F-450, F-550, F-650, and F-53/F-59 bare chassis, all powered by a 6.8-liter V10 engine fed by propane.
CleanTech president Joe Thompson said in a statement that propane is a viable and cost effective fuel for the future:
14 million vehicles across the globe operate on propane, but in the U.S., only 300,000 vehicles run on this readily available fuel. By focusing on products that highlight propane's performance and clean-burning properties, CleanTech hopes to convince Americans that propane is primed to become one of the dominant alternative fuels of the future. Hit the jump for more on Roush's new venture, CleanTech.Propane burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel, with up to 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide, 24 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and fewer particulate emissions when compared to gasoline. Already the third most widely used fuel, it is available 'right here, right now' with a national infrastructure already in place. Propane plays a strong role in lowering our national dependence on imported oil, as 90 percent of the propane used today comes from domestic sources of production, and an additional 7 percent from Canada.
[Source: Roush CleanTech]
ROUSH CleanTech Driving Alternative Fuels and Propane Forward
ROUSH® CleanTech debuts as new propane-fueled vehicle engineering company at 2010 Green Fleet Expo.
LIVONIA, Mich. (October 18, 2010) – Jack Roush, legend and champion of motorsports, takes his track knowledge to the streets today with the announcement of a brand new venture bearing his well established brand - ROUSH® CleanTech, an environmentally-sound company destined to provide clean, "green" transportation fueled by propane and other alternative fuel options.
ROUSH CleanTech aims to increase the intensity of the corporate investment ROUSH has already made in liquid propane injection powered vehicles, while expediting new products to the market and putting more clean-fueled vehicles on roads worldwide. Products currently in development include Ford F-450, F-550, F-650, and F-53 / F-59 strip chassis, all with a 6.8 liter V10 propane engine.
"For more than 35 years the ROUSH brand has developed experience in OEM-level automotive engineering, design, manufacturing, certification, and assembly," said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales & marketing. "Today we announce the formation of ROUSH CleanTech, which blends our corporate talents into delivering product into the alternative fuels landscape. Our focus is on three key areas: providing the very best in quality, performance, and service for our customers."
"More than 14 million vehicles around the globe operate on propane, but in the United States that figure is fewer than 300,000," continued Mouw. "ROUSH CleanTech's existing lineup of liquid propane injection powered vehicles, including several models of Ford F-series pickups and E-series vans, and future product offerings will revolutionize the way people view alternatively-fueled modes of transportation."
According to Joe Thompson, the president of ROUSH CleanTech, propane offers a variety of advantages. "Propane burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel, with up to 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide, 24 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and fewer particulate emissions when compared to gasoline," said Thompson. "Already the third most widely used fuel, it is available 'right here, right now' with a national infrastructure already in place. Propane plays a strong role in lowering our national dependence on imported oil, as 90 percent of the propane used today comes from domestic sources of production, and an additional 7 percent from Canada."
For more information on the new company, please visit www.ROUSHcleantech.com.
About the company: Based in Livonia, Mich., ROUSH® CleanTech offers dedicated liquid-propane injection fuel systems for a variety of light- and medium- duty Ford vehicles, including the F-150, F-250, and F-350 truck series, and the E-150, E-250, E-350, and E-450 cutaway van series. Currently offered through authorized Ford dealerships around the country, the ROUSH® CleanTech propane system delivers the same factory Ford performance characteristics, warranty coverage, and serviceability. Customers can reduce operating costs significantly while reducing vehicle emissions.