Roush introduced a new propane-powered super-duty pickup truck in Las Vegas this week. The 2010 Roush Liquid Propane F-250 has all the power benefits of the base level truck, while running off a much cheaper fuel.

Roush has just unveiled another propane-fueled truck, meant to capitalize off the drastic up-and-down swings of gas prices as of late. The new 2010 Roush Liquid Propane F-250 took a bow this week at the 2009 International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.

A medium-duty truck, the F-250 runs on a fuel that costs anywhere from five to 30 per-cent less than petrol. The cleaner, cheaper-to-operate truck received serious interest from many of the attendees looking for a vehicle that is sturdier than the Roush propane F-150.

"With that in mind, we went to [the Propane Education and Research Council] who has been our strong supporter in developing propane vehicles and took the next steps to expanding the Roush lineup with the F-250. It is gratifying to see that the response has already been so positive," said Roush Performance VP Joe Thompson.

Environmentalists can also cheer the 20% lower nitrous-oxide emissions, and 60% lower carbon-monoxide emissions. Roush claims particulate emissions are also down when compared to petrol machines.

The company has not released comparison details with diesel-powered vehicles.

Changes to the standard F-250 include a 62-gallon in-bed fuel tank, stainless steel fuel lines, aluminum fuel rails, Roush tuning, and related hardware. On a full tank, the truck should be able to travel up to 500 miles (805 km). Purchasers have the option of getting a 31-gallon fuel tank mounted under the bed instead. This cuts range in half, but lets the driver have full use of the entire bed.

Despite the conversion, horsepower and torque ratings will stay the same as the base F-250. Available as either a 4x2 or 4x4, the F-250 has three engine choices. These range from 300 hp to 362 hp, and from 365 to a massive 650 ft-lb of torque. Towing capacity is a maximum 12,500 lbs., with payload maxing out at 3,170 lbs. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, as well as the optional TorqShift five-speed automatic.

Customers wanting a Roush Liquid Propane F-250 will be able to buy either a completely assembled vehicle from the company, or a conversion kit for an existing Ford F-250. The kit retails for nearly $8,000, but qualifies for a U.S. tax credit of about $5,000. Different state, county, and local governments have other tax incentives as well. Deliveries of the assembled truck should take place by September. Customers can place orders beginning January 26.


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