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Roush Steps Up Propane for Transit

December 4, 2012 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Moves Include Executive Director for Transit Fleet Sales

Roush CleanTech wants to do more to bring propane autogas fuel to the transit sector, and has named Randy Veenhoven as executive director of sales for public transit to help make it happen. He will emphasize sustainability solutions for the public transit industry by evaluating their operations to incorporate propane vehicles, Roush says.

Roush CleanTech is stepping up its efforts in the transit sector with vehicles like the Ford E-450, which recently passed FTA Altoona testing, paving the way for federal funding.

“The public transit industry is challenged to service a wide variety of local and urban transportation needs – not an easy task in today’s economic environment,” Roush sales and marketing VP Todd Mouw said in a release. “Propane autogas is an ideal alternative fuel choice,” he said. “It substantially reduces operating, maintenance costs and emissions.”

Veenhoven has spent 25 years in the mass transit industry, Roush says. He has served on state transportation boards in Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, and sold hybrid buses for ISE.

Randy Veenhoven

“With the Roush CleanTech Ford E-450’s recent Altoona testing, transit agencies can apply for Federal Transit Administration funding to assist with conversion costs,” Veenhoven says in the Roush transit announcement.

Flint MTA Adding 60 Propane Vehicles

“Propane autogas is a good fit for us,” said Flint Mass Transportation Authority GM Ed Benning. “We anticipate purchasing propane fuel for half the price of diesel,” Benning said. “It will reduce our dependency on diesel and drive down our cost of operation.”

Flint MTA is adding 60 propane minibuses to its fleet.

“A typical public transit agency can expect to save more than $20,000 over the lifetime of each vehicle by choosing propane autogas instead of gasoline,” Roush says. “The savings are even higher when compared to diesel, the standard fuel of choice in the transit industry.”

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Source: Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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