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Sears Seattle Picks Roush Propane

October 2, 2012 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Home Services Unit Deploys Fleet of 27 Dedicated-Autogas Fords

Sears Home Services last week celebrated the launch of 27 Ford E-250 cargo vans fueled by propane autogas, all with dedicated fuel systems by Roush CleanTech.

Ferrellgas is supporting Sears in Seattle with three propane autogas fueling stations — in Seattle proper, Federal Way, and Lacey, Wash.

“The conversion of 27 of our product repair vans to propane autogas is one of several initiatives we have underway to improve the efficiency of our fleet of 10,000 Home Services vans,” Sears Holdings senior VP and Sears Home Services president Stu Reed said in a release.

“We are thrilled to forge a partnership with a national retailer renowned for their dedication to their customers, the environment and the products they sell, said Roush sales and marketing VP Todd Mouw. “We hold these ideals in high esteem, and are committed to creating a superior ownership experience for Sears.”

Sears Home Services district GM Linda Murrell looks on as Paul Campbell, director of environmental sustainability and green leadership (center), shakes with Roush CleanTech VP Todd Mouw — and takes the keys to the first of 27 Ford E-250 cargo vans fueled solely by propane autogas.

‘We Could Scale This’

“If we get the type of efficiencies we expect by converting these vans to Roush CleanTech propane autogas, we could scale this to all 10,000 service vans,” Reed said. He said that SHS has implemented a no idling policy and has installed economizer devices on 4,800 service vans “to ensure our technicians drive at speeds that optimize fuel efficiency.”

To support the SHS fleet, propane autogas provider Ferrellgas installed three 1,000-gallon fueling stations – two at full-line Sears store parking lots and one at a parts and repair facility.

Linda Murrell is Sears Home Services district general manager for the Seattle area. Chicago-based Paul Campbell is director of environmental sustainability and green leadership.

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