He Takes Over as Product & Business Development VP
Longtime Ford alternative fuels engineering chief Rob Stevens has joined Roush CleanTech as vice president of strategy.
“I’ve spent years collaborating with customers to find the right vehicle for the right application,” Stevens says in a Roush announcement.
“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, Roush says.
Developed the QVM Program
Stevens was president and CEO of Ford’s Th!nk Mobility unit, and “influenced government leaders to modify zero emission vehicle requirements to obtainable levels, and launched three alternative fuel vehicle product lines.
“Later,” continues the Roush release, “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.”
“Adding a guy like Rob Stevens further complements the integrity of our growth plans,” Roush CleanTech president Joe Thompson says in the Stevens announcement.
Stevens will continue in his role as a board member for NTEA’s Green Truck Association, and will moderate an alternative fuels session at the Work Truck Show-preceding NTEA Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis on March 4.
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Source: Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up