ROUSH Propane-Powered Ford Vans Tested by SuperShuttle

SuperShuttle, a U.S. airport shared-ride ground transportation company, has been running a test program involving ROUSH propane-powered Ford E-Series vans at the Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport. So far, the company has been impressed with the switch to propane.

Suppershuttle currently runs 5 15-passenger ROUSH propane Ford E-350 vans as part of the Phoenix fleet, with ten more units on order. These are helping the company fulfill the airport’s new requirement that all servicing vehicles run on approved alternate fuel such as propane.

"We started over the past two years looking into propane and the advantages and it just seemed like the smart thing to do," explained Ken Brooks, national purchasing manager for SuperShuttle. "Fuel savings is going to be the biggest thing. There is going to be a minimum of 75-cents per gallon savings (over gasoline)."

"If this solution continues to work at the level it is proving then we will continue to add ROUSH propane-powered vans to the SuperShuttle fleet," he said.

The vans are powered by 5.4L V8 engines that feature ROUSH’s liquid propane injection system, which has been EPA certified, with CARB (California Air Resources Board) approval pending.

The ROUSH propane-fueled vehicles have no additional weight added as with some other alternative fuel options.The 25-usable gallon fuel tank offers a range of approximately 300 miles. The fuel system is covered with a ROUSH 3-year/36,000 mile warranty; the Ford warranty covers the remainder of the van and engine when ordered with the gaseous prep package now offered,” stated the press release.


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