Austin-Based Company Evaluates Alternative Fuels for its Service Fleet, Chooses Propane Autogas

LIVONIA, MICH. (August 10, 2011) — ROUSH CleanTech welcomes Austin Gutter King to the growing number of businesses making the commitment in 2011 to power up their fleets with a clean alternative to imported fuel. With the purchase of four ROUSH CleanTech Ford vehicles, Austin Gutter King has converted 25 percent of its service fleet to propane autogas.

The addition of three Ford F-150 pickups and one fully customized Ford E-350 cutaway van, all fueled by propane autogas, adds corporate sustainability to the company’s portfolio.

“I put a lot of time and thought into evaluating other fuels,” said Gary Kulp, president of Austin Gutter King. “For example, I found that natural gas was difficult to locate and the tanks were too large for it to be efficient for my needs. Propane autogas stood out as a responsible fuel, sourced in America — specifically in Texas — that could take my company to the next level of protecting our environment while securing our bottom line.”

Thousands of propane autogas fueling stations across the U.S. and dozens near Austin Gutter King’s shop in Austin, Texas, make the fuel readily available. In addition, low-cost propane refueling infrastructure may be set up on-site to eliminate the need for refueling trips.

“There are many propane fueling stations near our shop,” said Kulp. “Outside the city they are spaced out about every 20 miles. This area is a prime location for seeing propane autogas perform at maximum efficiency.”

“We are thrilled to add yet another leading service-oriented business to our customer base,” said Todd Mouw, ROUSH CleanTech’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Austin Gutter King’s decision to institute our clean innovations is just one more example of how attractive propane autogas is to companies looking to reduce their carbon footprint and save money without compromising quality or performance.”

Propane autogas burns cleaner in engines, resulting in longer engine life, reduced maintenance costs, with 60 percent less carbon monoxide, up to 24 percent less greenhouse gas emissions, and fewer particulate emissions when compared to gasoline. Additionally, propane autogas is a proven cost-effective, safe and highly reliable alternative fuel, with 90 percent of U.S. propane supplies produced domestically.

“We use wind to power the shop, rainwater to wash the fleet vehicles and we recycle extensively. The next logical step was to green up our fleet,” said Kulp.

About ROUSH CleanTech: Based in Michigan, ROUSH CleanTech offers dedicated liquid propane autogas fuel systems for a variety of light- and medium-duty Ford vehicles, including the F-150, F-250 and F-350 pickup truck series; the F-450 and F-550 chassis cab truck series; the E-150, E-250 and E-350 van and wagon series; the E-350 and E-450 cutaway van series; and the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision. Currently offered through authorized Ford dealerships around the country, the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system delivers the same factory Ford performance characteristics and serviceability with a 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty. Customers can reduce operating costs significantly while reducing vehicle emissions. Complete details on ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas offerings can be found online at ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.

About Austin Gutter King: Founded in 2001, Austin Gutter King provides a wide range of rain gutter products to improve home ownership. They install seamless, specialty, and standard gutters, and aluminum and wood patio covers and carports, and offer a variety of rain gutter products, including seamless rain gutters, gutter protection systems, and handmade rain chains. Known for their sustainable practices, Austin Gutter King serves housing communities in Austin, Texas, and its surrounding cities. Visit www.austingutterking.com for more information.

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