The engineering firm of Roush Industries Inc. has developed a propane- powered F-150 Ford pickup truck using an advanced liquid propane injection system. The Roush F-150 is designed and manufactured to operate solely on propane while providing the same horsepower, torque and drivability of an F-150 equipped with a gasoline-powered Triton V-8 engine. The goal of the propane conversion is lower emissions and reduced consumption of oil products.
The propane option is priced at $6,500 and includes a 20-gallon fuel tank mounted in place of the underbody spare tire. For customers needing increased range, a 50-gallon tank mounted in the truck’s bed is available.
The development of the propane-fueled F-150 was sponsored by the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), a group that funds research and development of new and more efficient propane equipment. Once PERC chose Roush to develop the propane-fueled truck, the engineering firm delivered the Roush F-150 in 14 months. Roush is taking orders for the truck.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
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