ACT News 2017

Roush CleanTech

Roush: VW Monies Should Back Propane

November 2, 2017 in Opinion, Propane, propane autogas, Special to Fleets & Fuels, VW Settlement by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Propane Autogas Makes Sense for VW Settlement Funding’

Special to Fleets & Fuels by Roush CleanTech VP Todd Mouw

States will soon have access to a windfall of funds from the Volkswagen settlement, which includes a $2.9 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust. These are funds that transit agencies, school districts and other businesses could potentially use to purchase propane autogas-fueled vehicles.

Reducing NOx is the Goal

The goal of the Environmental Mitigation Trust is to cost-effectively reduce smog-forming nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from the transportation sector. NOx are reactive gases that pollute the air, contribute to acid rain and can trigger health problems. Over the next 10 years, the trust will fund environmental mitigation projects that specifically reduce emissions of NOx.

All manner of vehicles run on propane autogas. The Volkwagen settlement, notes Roush CleanTech, could make for many more of them.

How does this affect purchasing decisions? Eligible projects for the Environmental Mitigation Trust include class 4-8 bus and class 4-7 medium-duty truck replacement. (VW’s settlement funding will be used to buy back or modify vehicles.)

Propane autogas-fueled transit shuttles, such as the Ford E-350/450 cutaway, and school buses, like the Blue Bird Vision Propane, would be eligible for this funding. Propane autogas is naturally lower in NOx and other toxic pollutants, like greenhouse gases and carbon monoxide, than diesel and gasoline.

Know the Latest on VW Funding

Earlier this year, Wilmington Trust was appointed as the trustee to oversee the administration of the Volkswagen settlement funds. The trustee effective date was established on October 2. Now, each state has 60 days from that date to determine and choose a beneficiary.

The beneficiary is the state-level government entity responsible for developing and awarding its state’s funds. They are state energy offices, environmental protection departments, etc.

Roush CleanTech VP Todd Mouw

Each state will receive a set amount of funding based on the number of affected vehicles sold in the state. State amounts vary from $8 million to $400 million. Refer to the state-by-state listing to see how much your state will receive.

Some states have already selected a beneficiary. You can find the current list on the VW Settlement Clearinghouse site. Once selected, the state beneficiary has 90 days to produce a draft plan for how the funds will be allocated. After the state files its mitigation plan, it must be made public for 30 days for comment. Then, the state’s plan will be sent to the trustee for approval.

Get Involved

If the state allocates funding toward propane autogas vehicles, funds from the Environmental Mitigation Trust could be available early next year. Learn who your state’s beneficiary is and talk with them about your organizations’ propane fleet goals. Be sure to comment during the public input period to make sure your voice is heard. Organizations will need to be prepared to adopt NOx-reducing propane vehicles once the money is released if they want to tap into the funding.

Todd Mouw is vice president of sales and marketing for Roush CleanTech, an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology. Mouw has served as president of the NTEA Green Truck Association. Reach him at [email protected] or 800.59.ROUSH. To learn more, visit

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Source: Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Tennessee’s CMCSS Gets Propane Buses

August 1, 2017 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

15 More Type C Blue Birds with Roush CleanTech Engines

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System in Tennessee yesterday launched its new fleet of propane-autogas-fueled Type C Blue Bird school buses, and said that the vehicles with Roush CleanTech fuel systems will begin transporting pupils this coming Monday, August 7.

.05 Roush Blue Birds for Fulton County

July 28, 2017 in milestones, Propane, propane autogas, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Fleet of 90 Includes 10,000th Blue Bird Propane Bus,
Of Which Some 90% Have Roush CleanTech Fuel Systems,
Georgia Buses to Have Roush’s New .05-Gram NOx Engine

Georgia’s Fulton County Schools has rolled out a fleet of new propane autogas buses from Blue Bird with Roush CleanTech fuel systems, the companies said yesterday. The buses will be powered by 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engines certified to the California Air Resources Board optional low nitrogen oxide/NOx level of .05 grams per brake horsepower per hour.

Roush & Blue Bird for Low-NOx Propane

June 8, 2017 in certifications, Propane, propane autogas, school buses, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Roush Claims First .05 NOx Propane Autogas Engine,
U.S. EPA- and California-Certified on 6.8-Liter Ford V-10
For Class 4 to 7 Vehicles & Blue Bird Type C School Buses
Affords Fleets ‘the Greatest NOx Reduction Per Dollar Spent’

Roush CleanTech has developed the industry’s first propane autogas engine with nitrogen oxide emissions of just 0.05 grams per brake horsepower-hour – dramatically below the current U.S. EPA limit of 0.2 g/bhp-hr.

The 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engine with the Roush modification has been certified by both the UPA and California Air Resources Board, the companies said yesterday.

‘Roush CleanTech’s low-NOx engine is a great step forward for the propane industry,’ said Tucker Perkins, president of PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council. Ford 6.8-liter V-10 engines photo courtesy Roush CleanTech at Roush headquarters in Michigan.

The target market is Class 4 to Class 7 vehicles, and Blue Bird’s Type C school buses.

‘A Great Step Forward’

“Roush CleanTech’s low NOx engine is a great step forward for the propane industry,” said PERC/Propane Education & Research Council president Tucker Perkins says in the Roush-Blue Bird release.

“Propane autogas is well established as an economical, clean-burning and domestically produced alternative fuel ideal for fleets,” Perkins said. “Now propane gets the biggest return on NOx.”

“Equipping the Blue Bird Vision with the lowest NOx propane engine makes the best-selling school bus in the industry even better,” said Blue Bird president and CEO Phil Horlock.

The Volkswagen Opportunity

“That’s great news for the environment, our customers and our children. Blue Bird’s propane school bus is the industry leader for lowest total cost of ownership and hassle-free maintenance,” Horlock said, “creating a cleaner and safer environment for us all.”

“Developing the lowest NOx propane engine sends a message that this fuel is comparable to other alternative fuels from a standpoint of emissions,” Roush CleanTech sales and marketing VP Todd Mouw says in the low-NOx announcement. “With our nation’s ample supply of propane and the fuel’s favorable total cost of ownership, our propane autogas engine is the perfect mix of environmental and economic sustainability,” he said.

Roush and Blue Bird note that over the past year, NOx awareness has increased due to the Volkswagen emissions compliance issue, with the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (F&F, February 18) created to fund actions with cleaner technology that reduce excess emissions of NOx. “Our .05g NOx engine certification will help our school bus and public transit customers target funds,” from the VW mitigation program, Mouw said. “This is especially beneficial for school districts looking for extra funds to replace aging diesel models.”

“The launch of the lowest NOx engine in the class 4-7 space comes at an opportune time,” Mouw told F&F. “Our customers and partners can utilize funds from the upcoming Volkswagen EMT settlement to modernize their fleets with this low NOx propane engine offering the greatest NOx reduction per dollar spent.”

‘No Additional Upfront Cost’

The companies note that the certifications cover the 6.8-liter Roush modification for propane autogas powered school bus and commercial truck “with no additional upfront cost.” Roush has begun installing the new low NOx engines in its Ford commercial vehicles and Blue Bird Vision propane school buses with 2017 model year engines.

“Now it’s no longer just the Cummins Westport natural gas product,” one expert observer says in reference to new low-NOx engines from the joint venture serving the natural gas vehicle market (F&F, May 5).

Propane autogas-powered Blue Bird Vision school buses with fuel systems by Roush CleanTech for the Leander Independent School District in Cedar Park, north of Austin, Texas (F&F, September 26, 2016).

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Source: Blue Bird & Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Roush Touts Propane for Medium Trucks

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, delivery vehicles, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Case Has Been Made in School Buses: 10,000-Plus Vehicles

Roush CleanTech promoted the potential for propane autogas for medium duty vehicles at last week’s ACT Expo.

E. Stroudsburg ASD Going with Propane

January 6, 2017 in Fleet Order, Infrastructure, Propane, propane autogas, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Sites to Support Fueling of 122 Propane School Buses

The East Stroudsburg Area School District in eastern Pennsylvania has approved the first-phase purchase of 52 propane autogas school buses, and is to decide this month how to fuel them at two different sites.

MTS San Diego Has Its 1st Propane Buses

September 27, 2016 in Fleet Order, paratransit, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency Has Taken Delivery of the First of 77 Shuttles
With Roush CleanTech Fuel Systems Installed by GAS

San Diego MTS, the city’s Metropolitan Transit System, said today that it’s taken delivery of the first of 77 propane autogas-fueled shuttle buses.

Roush Propane Buses for Leander ISD

September 26, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Dozen New Blue Birds Are Taking Propane Total to 64

The Leander Independent School District in Texas is adding more propane school buses to its fleet, reporting the August retirement of 20 diesel vehicles “in preparation for the deployment of the new propane models.

Blue Bird Range at Indianapolis BusCon

September 19, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Alternative Fuel Bus Choices Include CNG and Propane

Blue Bird Bus spread the word this morning that it’s prompting its full line of small and medium sized vehicles, including propane and new compressed natural gas models, at BusCon 2016, which kicks off today in Indianapolis. updated with BusCon 2016 photo on September 22

Delaware Transit’s 130 Propane Shuttles

August 8, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Roush-Powered Ford E-450s with Sharp Energy for Fuel

Delaware Transit Corp has cut the ribbon on a Sharp Energy propane autogas fueling station in New Castle that’s to support 130 vehicles for its Dart paratransit operation, the Delaware Department of Transportation reports. DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan did the honors at a ceremony this past Wednesday, August 3. updated August 10

Flint Groceries via Propane Autogas

August 5, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

MTA Adds Roush Autogas Vehicles to Serve ‘Food Deserts’

The Mass Transportation Authority in Flint, Mich. said today that on Monday it will deploy nine additional propane autogas-fueled vans for its “Ride to Groceries” service in Genesee County, north of Detroit.

Blue Bird’s Gen 4 Vision Propane Bus

August 5, 2016 in Propane, propane autogas, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Roush-Powered, as “We and Our Partners Continue to Innovate’

Blue Bird is talking up its “Vision Gen 4 Propane” as the latest version of its popular Type C school bus. The vehicle has a Roush CleanTech fuel system, with a new “EconoShift” engine calibration for maximum fuel efficiency.

Blue Bird Vision Propane – the new Gen 4 featues improved fuel lines, filters, pumps and connectors.

Blue Bird Vision Propane – the new Gen 4 featues improved fuel lines, filters, pumps and connectors – and ‘EconoShift’ calibration for better fuel economy.

Other improvements include

  • easier servicing due to repositioned sending units and pre-injector filters, along with O-ring sealed fuel lines and a new optional Euro-style fill connector; and
  • increased reliability, with infinitely variable speed dual fuel pumps and thinner fuel rails that reduce start time up to 50%.

“We and our partners continue to innovate and develop affordable, industry-leading products that our school bus customers want and value,” Blue Bird president and CEO Phil Horlock said in a release.

“The Blue Bird Vision Gen 4 Propane and Vision CNG buses are excellent examples of our spirit of innovation,” he said.

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Roush Blue Bird Propane for Bradford

August 2, 2016 in Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Estimated $1,500 Annual Savings for Each Propane Bus

The Bradford Area School District in northern Pennsylvania is saving money while enjoying improved reliability with propane autogas-fueled Blue Bird buses, says fuel system provider Roush CleanTech. updated on August 3

CleanFuel USA Touts Cook-Illinois Propane

July 26, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘For the First Time Ever, Has Not Purchased Any Diesel Buses’

CleanFuel USA is talking up the recent order of 50 propane autogas-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses from Thomas Built by the Chicago-area operator Cook-Illinois, noting that the vehicles have CleanFuel USA LPI/liquid propane injection fuel systems.

13 Roush Propane F-59s for Peapod

May 31, 2016 in Companies, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Online Grocer Got Six Trucks Last Year, Expects Seven More Next Week

It’s a propane baker’s dozen for Peapod in Chicago, as the online grocer is adding seven autogas-fueled delivery trucks to six already in place at its Lake Zurich facility in suburban Chicago.

Roush for LeeTran: 20 Propane Shuttles

May 13, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘We Are Paying About 50¢ Per Gallon for Propane Autogas,’
Agency Plans to Switch Entire Paratransit Fleet in Five Years

Fort Myers, Fla.-based LeeTran now operates 20 paratransit vehicles on 100% propane autogas, comprising some 45% of its fleet, and according to fuel system supplier Roush CleanTech plans to switch entirely to propane within five years.

Kyrene SD Adds 75 Roush Blue Birds

April 26, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

Phoenix-Area District Has 98 Propane Autogas Buses

The Phoenix-area Kyrene School District now has 98 Blue Bird Vision school buses, having added 73 this year to 25 bought in 2014, says fuel systems provider Roush CleanTech. The addition means that 85% of the district fleet is propane-fueled.

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