Transit fleets looking to decrease their emissions, save budget, and choose a sustainable fuel turn propane autogas. Across America, dozens of transit agencies operate these clean advanced technology vehicles, from Florida’s Broward County Transit and Lee County Transit to Michigan’s Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation and Flint Mass Transportation Authority to California’s San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.
Famous as an engineering-services company, a NASCAR racing icon, and the name behind many high-performance Ford cars and trucks, the Roush brand is a go-to for OEMs and suppliers needing projects executed on schedule with high quality. Engineering, prototyping, testing and manufacturing are the four pillars of “the company that Jack built” in the Detroit suburbs. That reputation is being extended through Roush’s new sales office in San Luis Obispo, on California’s Central Coast.
Recent large-volume electric delivery vehicle orders by Amazon and UPS have made the headlines, but Roush CleanTech in Livonia is making a strong case for providing propane-powered vehicles to commercial fleets and school districts looking to lessen their environmental impact and save money. To that end, Todd Mouw, president of Roush CleanTech — a division of Roush Enterprises, which is owned by NASCAR team owner and Ford Performance partner Jack Roush — is bullish on propane as a viable alternate clean fuel option.
The number one goal of ROUSH CleanTech’s service network is to reduce our customer’s vehicle downtime. This is the reason why we invest so much in keeping our service network as up to date as possible. We train and equip our extensive service network with the tooling and service diagnostic information required to maintain our fuel systems. Since 2018, we have built our network to include over 650 active service centers across the United States made up of Ford dealers, Blue Bird dealers and independent service centers.
The ongoing discussion of what fuel is best and most cost-effective to power work trucks carried over to this year’s Work Truck Show March 3-6 in Indianapolis. While talk of electric work trucks has hit a frenzy, according to most everyone who represented the propane industry, there was a strong sense among key propane vehicle stakeholders that propane would continue to have a strong niche, especially with Class 3-7 vehicles.