Roush propane-powered F-150 receives CARB approval

April 20, 2009 By    

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has granted approval to the Roush propane-powered F-150 pickup, meaning it meets the strict emissions standards of the state.

This is the first propane-powered vehicle to receive on-board diagnostics II CARB approval since the board enacted substantially stricter guidelines on light-duty vehicles in 2004.

CARB is the “clean-air agency” in the state and has the stated goals of improving the air quality and reducing the public’s exposure to air contaminants. California is the only state with such a regulatory agency, but several others follow the CARB guidelines (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and New York).

Roush is now allowed to sell the propane F-150 trucks in all 50 states. The CARB executive order for the Roush F-150 propane retail conversion kit will soon follow. This is valid for the 2007 1/2 and 2008 Ford F-150 pickup, and Roush is currently working on getting this same CARB approval for the upcoming 2010 propane-powered F-250 and F-350 trucks.

Roush recently unveiled plans to market the 2010 F-250 and F-350 with a conversion to run on propane. Both trucks will be based on the 5.4L, V-8 engine platform. Among the components changed are the fuel tank with multi-valve fuel pump, stainless steel fuel lines, billet aluminum fuel rails, an upgraded custom Roush PCM calibration, and all necessary wiring, hardware and instructions.

Future Roush plans include converting the Ford E-Series vans to run on propane.

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