Ten Rush Truck Centers Have Service Bays for CNG and LNG,
President Rusty Rush Shares His Thoughts with Fleets & Fuels
Rush Enterprises, which boasts the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in the United States, representing such truck and bus manufacturers as Peterbilt, Navistar International, Hino, Isuzu, Ford, IC Bus and Blue Bird, is making a firm commitment to natural gas fuel.
Recent announcements include two bays dedicated to natural gas vehicle service at the relocated Rush Truck Center in Orlando, and a dedicated NGV service area at the firm’s expanded facility in Abilene, Texas.
“We are committed to supporting our customers who choose to run natural gas vehicles,” says W.M. “Rusty” Rush, chairman, CEO and president of the 100-plus dealership network.
First Dedicated NGV Facility, in Houston
Early in 2015, he says, Rush will open its first dedicated state-of-the-art natural gas facility, investing more than $700,000 at the Rush Truck Center in Houston. Services will include fuel tank inspections.
“Since 2005,” Rush says, “our alternative fuel sales specialists have sold more than 3,380 units, with 46% of those sold in the past two years, so we see popularity increasing.
“We anticipate that by 2017, 8% to 10% of industry sales will be natural gas vehicles,” he told F&F.
More Than 120 Certified NGV Technicians
The firm offers NGV service at ten locations: in Orlando and in Ardmore, Okla.; in Atlanta; at Abilene, Corpus Christi, Laredo and Lufkin in Texas; Phoenix and Yuma, Ariz.; and in Whittier, Calif. Rush has more than 120 Peterbilt and Cummins factory-trained and certified NGV technicians.
“We have also evaluated an additional 44 locations across the network,” Rush says, In addition to Houston, Rush is developing natural gas capabilities in Dallas and San Antonio; Nashville; Jacksonville; Denver; Charlotte; Oklahoma City and Fontana, Calif., all by late 2015.
NGV for All New Facilities
“We have used several different approaches to equip our dealerships for natural gas service, with investments ranging between $50,000 to upwards of $200,000 per facility,” Rush says.
And perhaps most important: “We are including dedicated natural gas service infrastructure in all new facility construction.”
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Source: Rush Enterprises with Fleets & Fuels follow-up