DIRECTV adding to propane powered fleet

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DIRECTV announced at the ACTExpo in Washington D.C. this week that is plans to expand its propane autogas fueled fleet.

The company currently operates 77 ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-250 propane autogas vans and will increase that number over the next year.

“The addition of more propane autogas fueled vehicles to the DIRECTV fleet strengthens our commitment to reducing the company’s overall gasoline usage,” said Brandon Morris, director of Fleet Services for DIRECTV. “We have learned a lot from analyzing our current propane fleet, and the benefits we are seeing from using propane as an alternative to gasoline include the lower cost of propane, ease of implementation, distribution network and the high quality conversion kit produced by ROUSH CleanTech.”

Since its propane autogas vehicle deployment in November 2011, DIRECTV says it has reduced gasoline consumption by 75,000 gallons and saved nearly 50 percent on a cost per gallon basis compared to gasoline.

“For over a year and a half, DIRECTV’s service vans fueled by reliable, cost-competitive propane autogas have met the company’s goals — to cut back on high-priced gasoline with the use of a domestic, cleaner fuel solution,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. “With DIRECTV’s plan to increase the size of its propane autogas fleet, they’ll experience even greater cost-savings with this alternative fuel technology and further strengthen their position as a leader in alternative fuel initiatives.”

A Tier 1 supplier and Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier manufacturer, ROUSH CleanTech’s propane autogas vehicles retain the same quality Ford performance characteristics, such as horsepower, torque and towing. The vehicles also meet Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board certification requirements.