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ROUSH CleanTech Showing Propane-Powered Vehicles at ACT Expo in California

May 03, 2011 - Press Release

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, MI - With gasoline prices in California among the highest in the country, ROUSH CleanTech arrives in Long Beach this week to showcase the positive economics of propane autogas powered Ford work trucks, vans, and shuttles at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, May 5 and 6 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

“At a time when gas prices in California are averaging $4.21 per gallon, ROUSH CleanTech offers fuel-price relief with an alternative fuel at about half that cost,” said Todd Mouw, ROUSH CleanTech’s vice president and a featured speaker at the ACT Expo on May 5 at 11:30 a.m. “At this clean energy event, fleet managers can see first-hand the benefits of using propane autogas, both in terms of economic recovery and environmental stewardship.”

ROUSH CleanTech will feature an extensive line up of their propane autogas vehicles, all of which are certified to meet the stringent guidelines of the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. ROUSH CleanTech will have two customer vehicles on display in their booth (No. 624) — a ThyssenKrupp Elevator Ford E-250 cargo van and a Marquez & Marquez Ford E-450 cutaway box truck. The ride-and-drive portion of the event will feature a wide variety of vehicles, including a Ford F-350 pickup truck; a Prime Time Shuttle Ford E-350 passenger van; and a Ford E-450 box truck. A ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas powered Class A school bus, based on the Ford E-450 chassis and equipped with a Micro Bird G5 school bus body, will be on display near the front entrance.

“Our customers know each ROUSH CleanTech truck or van is backed with the rich heritage and engineering expertise that comes with the ROUSH name,” said Mouw. “Propane autogas is a cost-effective, domestically produced, and clean-burning fuel that is highly reliable and readily available.”

“Just a few of our current customers right here in California include Prime Time Shuttle, Marquez & Marquez, SuperShuttle, and the City of Riverside,” said Mouw. “They’re already reporting tremendous savings on maintenance and fuel costs, and uncompromising range and performance. No matter a fleet’s size, we have a propane autogas application that will leave fleet managers wondering why they waited so long to switch.”

Representatives from two widely known ROUSH CleanTech customers, ThyssenKrupp Elevator and Wright & Filippis, will be speaking on their successes with propane autogas during the Expo’s breakout sessions on May 5 at 3:30 p.m.

“We feel strongly that propane autogas is a practical and proven solution in reducing our operating costs and becoming more eco-friendly,” said Hopkins, Wright & Filippis’ distribution and fleet manager. “Large fleets outside of our industry like Schwann’s have been running propane-powered vehicles since the ‘70s. It is sustainable technology that works. Currently, there are also great government incentives and grant funding opportunities to assist with the incremental cost of conversion. I would encourage fleets to take a look at the propane autogas solutions that are out there today. I think they will find that this as a very cost-effective solution available that makes sense for their fleets as well.”

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