ROUSH CleanTech Rolls Out New Propane Autogas Ford Vans to ARS/Rescue Rooter

July 18, 2011
ARS/Rescue Rooter has taken strides to become greener by deploying 21 clean-burning propane autogas cargo and cutaway vans in the Los Angeles and Houston areas.

MEMPHIS, TENN. — ARS/Rescue Rooter, a privately held, nationwide provider of air conditioning, heating, plumbing and attic insulation services, has taken strides to become greener by deploying 21 clean-burning propane autogas cargo and cutaway vans in the Los Angeles and Houston 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 Roush CleanTech. “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 clean-burning properties, propane autogas historically offers a 30% to 40% reduction in fuel costs compared to gasoline. When compared with gasoline, vehicles fueled by propane autogas produce:

• 17 to 24% less greenhouse gases.
• 20% less nitrogen oxide.
• Up to 60% 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 COO. “These new alternative vehicles allow us to maintain that promise, while being environmentally responsible as well.”

ARS/Rescue Rooter 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.

Based in Michigan, ROUSH CleanTech offers dedicated liquid propane autogas fuel systems for a variety of light- and medium-duty Ford vehicles, including the F-150, F-250 and F-350 pickup truck series; the F-450 and F-550 chassis cab truck series; the E-150, E-250 and E-350 van and wagon series; and the E-350 and E-450 cutaway van series. Currently offered through authorized Ford dealerships around the country, the Roush CleanTech propane autogas system delivers the same factory Ford performance characteristics and serviceability with a 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty.

ARS/Rescue Rooter, a company of American Residential Services LLC, provides air conditioning, heating, indoor air quality, attic insulation services, plumbing, drain cleaning and sewer line services across the United States. Based in Memphis, American Residential Services has approximately 4,800 employees. ARS/Rescue Rooter operates a network of more than 70 company operated, locally managed service locations spanning 23 states and the District of Columbia.

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