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New Roush Cleantech Electric Truck Achieves Key California Incentive

Incentive program accelerates purchase of cleaner, more efficient trucks and buses in state

LIVONIA, Mich. (Jan. 26, 2021) — Ford F-650 battery electric truck has achieved the prestigious California Hybrid and Zero-emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) eligibility listing.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB), in partnership with CALSTART, launched the California HVIP vehicle purchase incentive program in 2009 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 percent zero emission by 2045, where feasible,” said Steven Cliff, CARB deputy executive officer.

Engineered for performance, the all-electric F-650 has a maximum speed of 65 miles per hour and 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,” said 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. The battery pack is warranted for five years or 60,000 miles, with a minimum 80% (110 kWh) recharging capacity for the warranty lifecycle. The all-electric F-650 is suitable for a range of industry applications, including delivery, urban maintenance and aviation ground support.

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, helped partially fund product development.

Built in the United States, these battery electric vehicles create local, American jobs, and at the same time keep communities and the air cleaner, Mouw said. 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.

The company recently hired Natalia Swalnick, a transportation and energy public policy expert, as its West Coast director of government affairs to serve the burgeoning market.

“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 lifecycle,” said Mouw. 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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