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Propane-powered truck takes the road to farm country

Agriculture.com Staff 08/19/2009 @ 3:00pm

A propane burning pick-up truck is going on tour this fall to promote an energy source that its promoters believe will help farmers and ranchers make major savings in fuel costs.

The new propane-fueled Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks were developed by Roush Performance with funding from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). A Roush propane-fueled Ford F-250 truck will tour the Midwest for two weeks late this summer, stopping at a number of farm shows and sporting events.

The pickup's 5.4-liter engine "produces the same horsepower, torque, and towing capacity as the comparable 5.4-liter gasoline version," according to a release from PERC.

Roush's engineering changes include a fuel tank with integrated fuel pump, wiring, and valving; stainless steel fuel lines; billet aluminum fuel rails; an upgraded custom Roush PCM calibration; and all the necessary wiring, hardware, and instructions, according to the statement.

The propane group claims that the propane fuel produces about a 38% savings in maintenance and fuel costs versus gasoline vehicles.

The group also touts the environmental benefits of propane, saying the fuel produces up to 18% less greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline.

The base liquid propane injection system, available and serviced at authorized Ford dealers, costs $9,995 and includes the in-bed fuel tank that holds 53 usable gallons of propane. The vehicle has a range of 450 miles.

Farmers can be eligible for federal tax credits for purchase of the propane powered trucks. The credit covers up to half of the extra cost for the propane equipment. Another program, the Propane FEED (Farm Equipment Efficiency Demonstration) program, helps farmers and ranchers cover the other 50 percent of the incremental cost by offering $5,000 for qualified applications.

Visit www.PropanePickup.com to find the truck's location and to see the truck in action on the farm, getting refueled, and being serviced during the tour.

A propane burning pick-up truck is going on tour this fall to promote an energy source that its promoters believe will help farmers and ranchers make major savings in fuel costs.

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