Roush CleanTech begins production of Gen 5 propane fuel system

October 23, 2020 By    

Roush CleanTech began production of its Gen 5 propane autogas fuel system last month. The company’s autogas technology integrates Ford’s new 7.3-liter V-8 engine in Class 3-7 chassis.

Photo courtesy of Roush CleanTech

The Gen 5 propane fuel system is suitable for use with Ford’s new 7.3-liter V-8 engine in Class 3-7 chassis. Photo courtesy of Roush CleanTech

The milestone comes as the company celebrates its 10th anniversary.

“Roush CleanTech continues a 10-year journey of investing in new technology development with our Gen 5 propane fuel system,” says Todd Mouw, president of Roush CleanTech. “Our engineers have been working extensively to ensure that our propane fuel system marries seamlessly with the new Ford engine to give our fleet customers the best product on the market.”

Ford’s new 7.3-liter engine is compact, durable and easy to maintain, according to Roush CleanTech. It is narrower than the previous 6.8-liter, allowing it to fit into multiple vehicle chassis and be serviced with similar automotive parts across each chassis.

Innovations for the Gen 5 propane fuel system include stronger and lighter forged fuel rails and a support bracket that keeps the engine fuel distribution well organized, says the company.

The engine is designed to meet current and future emissions requirements. It is certified to California Air Resources Board’s optional low nitrogen oxide emissions standard of 0.05 grams per brake horsepower-hour. The Gen 5 system reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps optimize fuel efficiency, and can operate on renewable propane, which further reduces emissions and carbon intensity values, says the company.

“The new propane fuel system from Roush CleanTech is a prime example of the growing success of the propane autogas vehicle market,” says Tucker Perkins, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council. “With propane autogas, fleets can lower their operating costs by 40 to 50 percent while helping their communities cut harmful emissions.”

Roush CleanTech has designed, engineered, manufactured and installed advanced clean fuel systems since 2010, selling more than 37,000 vehicles across the United States and Canada.

As a Tier 1 supplier and Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier manufacturer, the company says its propane autogas vehicles retain all Ford performance characteristics, such as horsepower, torque and towing, while maintaining the OEM factory warranty.

“We have a decade of customers operating over 20,000 propane vehicles, and we won’t leave them behind,” says Mouw. “We will continue to support our propane vehicles with 6.8-liter engines through our in-house customer service and hundreds of service centers across the nation.”

The Gen 5 propane fuel system is now available.

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