Roush CleanTech in Livonia is supplying Penske Truck Leasing with a pair of all-new Ford F-650 battery electric vehicles later this year for use in southern California.
Penske Truck Leasing will evaluate the production-intent demonstration vehicles from Roush, which were funded in part by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the regulatory agency focused on improving air quality for large areas of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.
“Our work with Roush has played a major role in the development and commercialization of clean air technologies,” says Wayne Nastri, executive officer for South Coast AQMD.
“Penske has been expanding its battery electric fleet for the past several years,” says Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning at Penske Truck Leasing. “We are working with our customers to evaluate Roush CleanTech-powered BEVs across various real-world applications.”
The two battery electric vehicles were built to Penske’s specifications to ensure a satisfactory experience across many market segments.
Roush CleanTech’s electric vehicles’ benefits include:
- A maximum speed of 65 mph and a 100-mile range.
- Reducing operating costs for customers.
- Fostering healthier communities by emitting no exhaust and zero emissions of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds and hydrocarbons.
- Meeting all Department of Transportation regulations, complying with all applicable vehicle Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Specifications requirements, and adhering to the California Zero Emissions Powertrain certification program.
“Over the past decade, Roush CleanTech has put more than 37,000 vehicles on North American roads,” says Todd Mouw, president of Roush CleanTech. “We bring that experience and expertise to the battery electric vehicle market and to partnerships like South Coast Air Quality Management District and Penske to deliver solutions for a sustainable future.”
Roush CleanTech was the first company to offer a near-zero, 0.02g g/bhp-hr propane autogas engine certified by the California Air Resources Board. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, operating vehicles with ultra-low or zero-emission engines make significant improvements to regional air quality and reduce a wide variety of human health impacts.