Today Sears Holdings unveiled 27 new ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-250 cargo vans fueled by propane autogas, to be deployed in the Sears Home Services (SHS) fleet in Seattle for in-home service and repair visits.
Natural gas prices make propane autogas very attractive as an alternative fuel and despite the controversy surrounding the fracking process, natural gas is proving its worth. Reports are trickling in of Police Departments, delivery fleets, and now major retailers embracing this new alternative fuel.
"Propane autogas has proven safe, reliable and environmentally friendly, and we look forward to putting this fuel to work in our fleet," said Stu Reed, Sears Holdings senior vice president and president, Sears Home Services. "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."
Typically, propane autogas costs 30 to 40 percent less per gallon than gasoline and up to 50 percent less than diesel. Vehicles fueled with propane autogas also offer reduced maintenance costs and the potential for extended engine life. In addition, propane autogas refueling infrastructure is less expensive than any other alternative fuel. Ferrellgas installed three 1,000-gallon refueling stations at two Sears full-line store parking lots and at one parts and repair facility in Seattle, Federal Way and Lacey at no cost.
About ROUSH CleanTech
Based in Livonia, Mich., ROUSH CleanTech offers dedicated liquid propane autogas fuel systems for a variety of light- and medium-duty Ford vans and trucks, and for the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision and Micro Bird G5 school bus. Currently offered through authorized Ford dealerships around the country, the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system delivers the same factory Ford performance characteristics and serviceability with a 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty.
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