04.25.19 — At Los Angeles International Airport, airline passengers are now enjoying meals delivered by clean-operating propane autogas vehicles. HACOR, Inc., an award-winning in-flight airline catering services provider, purchased seven Ford F-750 delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas, a domestically produced, clean and economical fuel.
Monthly Archives: April 2019
Volkswagen Update: April 2019
More states have finalized their VW funding plans. Currently, 45 states have published funding opportunities representing $2.3 billion — with $132.7 million of that exclusively allocated for school bus replacement. Unfortunately, most of the current funding is going toward diesel. But we have some states with huge funding opportunities available in 2019 and we need your help. Remember, the entire objective of the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust fund is to reduce NOx emissions. Let’s work together to create a strategy that meets your state criteria. Our highest applicant success rate has been when we focused on NOx reductions, emissions cost-effectiveness, match funding and project location.
As of April 2019:
45 states have final plans:
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Four states have draft plans:
Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Dakota.
Three states are still developing their plans and are accepting comments:
Florida, Puerto Rico and West Virginia.
Please contact Chelsea Jenkins at Chelsea.Jenkins@roush.com to discuss how best to approach and plan for the next phase of VW settlement (and other funding) opportunities in your state.
Visit www.ROUSHcleantech.com/volkswagen-settlement for more information.
Micro Bird Type A Gets Improvements
Do you have a customer interested in the Micro Bird Type A bus? ROUSH CleanTech has recently developed a new propane platform option for a single rear wheel chassis, meaning we now offer both dual and single rear wheel chassis on the Type A.
Peter Crossan, fleet and compliance manager with Boston Public Schools, completed a pilot inspection of the first propane-powered, E-350 SRW MB-II school bus. The pilot program’s success resulted in finalizing the complete order of 75 units. That’s in addition to the 247 Blue Bird Vision propane buses the district already operates. The new buses will be delivered in June for the start of next school year.
One of the major benefits of running both Type A and Type C buses on propane is that your customers have the same powertrain across both platforms. They have very similar, and in many cases, identical maintenance components. Service and training run very much parallel as well. This helps to streamline the fleet for the fleet director, technicians and drivers. ROUSH propane is the only alternative fuel where this is possible! Use this to leverage your sales efforts.
Dealer Spotlight: Brightbill Body Works
Dealer: Brightbill Body Works
Interviewee: Mason Hemphill
Title: Sales Manager
Brightbill Body Works’ Mason Hemphill has been leveraging the power of propane for years. He’s helped the company sell hundreds of school buses with the Ford transmission. Mason was the winner of the 2018 Blue Bird / ROUSH CleanTech contest for a ROUSH Mustang.
Recently, we hosted Mason at our headquarters to award him his big prize. Roush Enterprise chairman Jack Roush handed over the keys to Mason’s brand-new Stage 3 ROUSH Mustang. We appreciate all that Mason has done to help push the propane message. He is a strong proponent of propane, explaining it as ‘the right thing to do’ for school districts. He uses a number of tools to educate customers, including lending demo buses to school districts and bringing customers to ROUSH CleanTech to learn more about our propane product.
Enjoy your new ride, Mason!
Check out some photos from the event:
And Our Q1 Winners are…
Shawn Choruby of Western Bus Sales for securing seven repeat propane customers.
Randy Hicks of Ross Transportation for securing five new propane customers.
Congratulations to Shawn and Randy. Contact your ROUSH CleanTech alt fuels sales rep to claim your $2,500 prize!
About the Contest
For 2019, we have two new sales incentives that’s all about increasing propane bus sales. For each quarter, the Blue Bird dealer salesperson who books the most new propane customers and the dealer salesperson who brings in the most repeat propane customers will each be awarded $2,500! If there’s a tie among one of the two contests, the prize is split.
This sales incentive aims to encourage and recognize individuals who are gaining traction in their market along with those individuals who have had tremendous success in their territories.
Contact your ROUSH CleanTech representative to learn more. Good luck selling propane buses.
We’ll be exhibiting at ACT Expo in Long Beach, California, later this month. This is the largest clean fleet event in the country. It’s important that we have a presence to create more awareness around renewable propane and California’s drive toward carbon neutrality.
Technician Training Series: Gen 3 Fuel Line Depressurization
This video will show you the steps to depressurize the fuel lines for the Gen 3 ROUSH CleanTech fuel system.
Technician Training Series: Gen 4 Fuel Line Depressurization
This video will show you the steps to drain the fuel lines and rails, then pressurize the system again after service has been completed.