Southwest HVAC News
Employs Propane Autogas Vans in Houston.
Embraces environmental stewardship with propane autogas fleet
vehicles in Houston and Los Angeles
Rooter has taken strides to become more green by deploying 21
clean-burning propane autogas cargo and cutaway vans in the
Houston and Los Angeles areas. These Ford E-Series vans, powered
by ROUSH CleanTech, significantly reduce harmful emissions and
carry certification by the California Air Resources Board and
the Environmental Protection Agency
“After researching several fuel
options, we decided that ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas systems
offered the best solution for us,” said Mike Baessler, fleet
director of ARS/Rescue Rooter.
“We believe this investment will
provide longevity to our fleet, in addition to reduced operating
costs allowing us to pass the savings on to our customers.” “Propane
autogas powered vehicles help reduce our country’s dependence on
foreign oil because 90 percent of U.S. propane supplies are
domestic,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing at
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“We’re proud to
develop new technologies that use alternative fuel sources to
help fleet operators, such as ARS/ Rescue Rooter, meet their
goals of reducing both the operating costs and carbon footprint
of their fleet.” In addition to reduced maintenance costs and
the potential for extended engine life due to its cleanburning
properties, propane autogas historically offers a 30- to
40-percent reduction in fuel costs compared to gasoline. When
compared with gasoline, vehicles fueled by propane autogas
• 17 to 24 percent
less greenhouse gases.
• 20 percent less
• Up to 60 percent
less carbon monoxide.
“ARS/Rescue Rooter is
committed to providing exceptional service to our customers through
a team of thoroughly trained technicians with the experience to do
any job right — the first time,” said Dave Slott, ARS/ Rescue Rooter
president and C.O.O. “These new alternative vehicles allow us to
maintain that promise, while being environmentally responsible as
plans to purchase 22 more vehicles by year-end, with an additional
100 or more vehicles planned for 2012, spanning multiple markets.
There are thousands of propane autogas refueling stations across
America, with stations in every state, making this a realistic, cost
and environmentally conscious decision for ARS/Rescue Rooter in its
Los Angeles and Houston branches and beyond.
The company is growing
nationwide, both organically and through acquisitions, with recent
acquisitions including: Brothers in Rock Hill, South Carolina,
McCarthy Services in Alexandria, Virginia, Conway in Memphis,
Beutler HVAC in Sacramento and Dallas-based Efficient Attic Systems.