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New ROUSH CleanTech Electric Truck Achieves Key California Incentive


ROUSH CleanTech’s battery electric Ford F-650 achieved the California Hybrid and Zero-emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) listing.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB), in partnership with CALSTART, launched the California HVIP vehicle purchase incentive program in 2009. The purpose was to accelerate the acquisition of cleaner, more efficient trucks and buses in the state. HVIP provides point-of-sale discount vouchers that reduce the buying cost of vehicles operated in California.

“CARB is pleased to add the ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-650 to the growing lineup of HVIP-eligible zero-emission trucks and buses, helping California reach the goal in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-79-20 that all operations of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles be 100% zero emission by 2045, where feasible,” says Steven Cliff, CARB deputy executive officer.

Engineered for performance, the all-electric F-650 has a maximum speed of 65 mph as well as a 100-mile range. “ROUSH CleanTech is renowned for its advanced clean transportation solutions, and it continues to move aggressively in the battery electric vehicle space,” says Todd Mouw, president of ROUSH CleanTech.


The company’s battery electric vehicles meet all Department of Transportation regulations, comply with all applicable vehicle Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Specifications (FMVSS) requirements, and adhere to the California Zero Emissions Powertrain certification program. Further, ROUSH CleanTech gives the battery pack a warranty of five years or 60,000 miles. It also features a minimum 80% (110 kW) recharging capacity for the warranty life cycle. The all-electric F-650 is suitable for a range of industry applications, including delivery, urban maintenance and aviation ground support.

Additionally, South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) helped partially fund product development. South Coast AQMD focuses on improving air quality for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.

Built in the US, these battery electric vehicles create local jobs and keep communities and the air cleaner, Mouw says. Plus, battery electric vehicles save time and money over the vehicle lifespan. Many studies show the cost per mile for electric fleet vehicles is about two-thirds less than with conventional fuels.

Recently, the company hired a transportation and energy public policy expert as its West Coast director of government affairs.

“With more than 37,000 medium-duty trucks and buses accumulating well over 1 billion road miles, we understand how to engineer, sell, service, and support our customers through the complete asset life cycle,” Mouw says. Additionally, the vehicles are backed by decades of electric vehicle engineering capability from parent company Roush Enterprises.

The company, which has already supplied two electric vehicles to Penske, is currently taking orders.

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