ROUSH CleanTech Hires 37-Year Veteran of Ford
New vice president makes product and business development a priority
LIVONIA, MICH. (Feb. 4, 2014) — With nearly four decades of Ford Motor Company initiatives on his resume, Rob Stevens has accepted a position with ROUSH CleanTech. As the new vice president of strategy, Stevens will spearhead future product and customer strategy. He brings expertise in engineering, product and business development, alternative fuel vehicles, and fleet operations to the company.
An aggressive advocate for clean transportation, Stevens said, “I’ve spent years collaborating with customers to find the right vehicle for the right application. In the alternative fuels space, ROUSH CleanTech offers an ideal scenario of product, customer and brand integrity. I plan to use my 37 years of engineering and fleet customer knowledge to bring about a greater change in clean vehicle usage.”
As Ford’s chief engineer, Stevens directed strategic planning and product development for Ford commercial vehicles, including the new Transit Connect (2010 North American Truck of the Year), E-Series vans, medium-duty and Super-Duty trucks, and commercial stripped chassis.
Stevens proved his leadership and commitment to alternative fuels as president and chief operating officer of Ford’s TH!NK Mobility LLC. Stevens influenced government leaders to modify zero emission vehicle requirements to obtainable levels, and launched three alternative fuel vehicle product lines. Later, he initiated the reintroduction of alternative fuels in Ford commercial trucks, developing Ford’s qualified vehicle modifier (QVM) program for gaseous prep engines. ROUSH CleanTech is Ford’s only QVM for propane autogas fuel systems.
“ROUSH CleanTech has experienced exceptional growth since its inception in 2010,” said Joe Thompson, president of ROUSH CleanTech. “Our investment strategy will continue to accelerate our market share by adding the vision that comes from the type of engineering and customer experience that Rob has. Adding a guy like Rob Stevens further complements the integrity of our growth plans.”
Stevens will continue his role as a board member for NTEA’s Green Truck Association, and will moderate an alternative fuels session at the NTEA Green Truck Summit on March 4.
Stevens holds a Bachelor of Arts in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from the University of Detroit Mercy. In addition to his knowledge under the hood, Stevens has experience behind the wheel driving racecars professionally for 13 years.
About ROUSH CleanTech: ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology, is a division of ROUSH Enterprises based in Livonia, Mich. ROUSH CleanTech designs, engineers, manufactures and installs propane autogas fuel system technology for light- and medium-duty Ford commercial vehicles, and Type A and Type C Blue Bird school buses. As a Ford QVM-certified alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer, ROUSH CleanTech delivers economical, clean and domestically produced fueling options for fleets across the country. Learn more at ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.
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