DISH Rolls Out Fleet of Clean-Burning Propane Autogas Vans to Serve Los Angeles
Pay-TV provider deploys 47 customer service vans fueled by propane autogas, reducingcosts and emissions with American-made alternative fuel
HAWTHORNE, CA (March 21, 2014) — DISH announced that it deployed 47 customer service vans fueled by propane autogas in the Los Angeles area today. The fleet will emit 3.2 million fewer pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over its lifetime.
“DISH is proud to begin deploying a vehicle fleet in the LA area that emits fewer greenhouse gases and uses a domestically sourced fuel,” said Erik Carlson, executive vice president of service and installation at DISH. “This is just part of our larger propane autogas fleet rollout and we look forward to rolling out more across the country.”
Four factors made propane autogas the alternative fuel of choice for DISH: cost savings, national availability of a domestically sourced fuel, on-site fueling benefits and original equipment manufacturer choices that meet service requirements.
DISH unveiled 47 of its 200 propane autogas vehicle fleet during an event entitled “Driving Cleaner Solutions for Our Customers and Communities.”The clean-burning ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-250 cargo vans will support residential and commercial customer servicethrough the company’s Hawthorne and South El Monte locations.
With infrastructure costs for private propane autogas stations being less than any other fuel options, DISH chose to install an on-site fueling station. Today’s event included a refueling demonstration at the company’s Hawthorne location.
“Industry leaders such as DISH are recognizing the value that propane autogas brings to their operation,”said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech.“The ability to reduce fuel costs in excess of 30 percent, significantly reduce harmful emissions and utilize an American-made energy source produces a positive ROI for all involved: shareholders, employees and the communities that DISH services.”
Propane autogas is a low carbon fuel that reduces greenhouse gases, carbon monoxide, and emits fewer smog-producing hydrocarbons when compared to conventional fuels. The vehicles meet stringent Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board certification requirements.
As a tier 1 supplier and Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier manufacturer, ROUSH CleanTech’s propane autogas vehicles retain the same quality Ford performance characteristics, such as horsepower, torque and towing.
DISH serves 14 million customers. Currently, propane autogas is the only alternative fuel being implemented in DISH’s fleet.
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