|The LPG Excursion is the first propane-powered
vehicle to meet California's super ultra low-emission vehicle (SULEV) standard. By pairing
the clean-burning characteristics of propane with a Ford-patented advanced catalyst system
and innovative engine control strategy, Ford was able to achieve emissions that are at
least 62 percent less than what is required by law. Additionally, the LPG Excursion uses a
fast warm-up exhaust system to heat the catalyst - significantly reducing the high level
of hydrocarbon emissions produced during the first two minutes from a cold start.
demonstration fleet will be a great program," said Dave Tarrant, Alternative Fuel
Vehicle and Commercial Truck marketing manager, Ford Motor Company. "We hope that
each of our demonstration program participants find a unique way to test this vehicle to
make sure it meets the needs of all our North American fleet customers."
"For example, the Pike's Peak Highway Ranger Patrol Program in Colorado will be
testing three Excursions on the extreme inclines of Pike's Peak. The vehicles will be used
for first-response medical assistance and highway traffic patrol," Tarrant added.
Hans D. Schalk, Pike's Peak manager, is extremely excited to be a part of the program
and have the opportunity to use the sport utility vehicles for a year.
"We are really looking forward to receiving the Excursions," said Schalk.
"Our rangers need vehicles that are reliable and require minimal service but can also
handle a large payload. They have to have the ability to carry a lot of gear to assist
motorists and hikers, and the vehicles may encounter a variety of weather from hot summer
days to blizzard conditions."
Other groups participating in the test program include the Denver area Boy Scouts; Utah
LP Gas, Inc. in Salt Lake City; the Department of Public Works in Louisville, Ky.; the
National Propane Gas Association in Chicago; and the Port of Portland Aviation Airfield in
Equipped with a 6.8-liter V-10 engine, the propane-powered Excursion has the same
performance characteristics of the base gasoline model. Two fuel tanks with a capacity of
nearly 40 gallons give the vehicle a driving range of about 250 miles between refills.
Since the 1999 model year, all Ford sport utility vehicles and Windstar minivan sold in
the U.S and Canada have been low emission vehicles (LEV). Last year, Ford announced that
all 2000 model year F-Series pickups and Excursion would also be LEV. In the 2000 model
year, Ford will put more than two million LEVs on the road annually in North America - far
in advance of any regulatory requirements.
In addition to low emissions, the conventional gasoline-powered Excursion has many
other environmentally responsible attributes including a high recyclable content and the
use of recycled materials. More than 85 percent of each Excursion by weight can be
recycled at the end of its automotive life, and nearly one-fifth of the vehicle is made of
recycled materials including steel, aluminum, rubber and plastics.
(May 5, 2000)