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April 2011

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“SuperShuttle franchisees use about 200 gallons of fuel each week, and travel up to 600,000 miles over the lifetime of their vehicle. By making the switch to propane autogas, our drivers are not only saving money and lowering our dependence on foreign oil, but reducing carbon emissions by the ton, and this is something they can feel good about.” — Ken Brooks, national purchasing manager, SuperShuttle.

“Propane autogas is a good fit for us. We anticipate purchasing propane fuel for half the price of diesel. It will reduce our dependency on diesel and drive down our cost of operation.” — Edgar Benning, general manager, Flint Mass Transportation Authority.

Transporting People with Propane Autogas

Americans are constantly in motion. Business entrepreneurs, volunteers, students, and families are all in need of ground transportation service providers they can rely on to get them to their destinations — on time and at the right price. Whether using public transportation, hailing a cab, or carpooling to events, ground transportation companies pick people up, and now they can do it cleaner, greener, and cheaper.

Propane autogas vehicles are a smart choice for ground transportation companies that want to lower their operating costs. The cost of propane autogas is up to 40 percent lower than gasoline, and this clean-burning fuel lowers maintenance costs. These alternative fuel vehicles maintain the factory Ford warranty coverage, offer a comparable driving range to gasoline vehicles, make use of a domestic fuel source, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. And with little additional weight added to the vehicle, you can load up with passengers, luggage, and everything else you’ve become accustomed to both conveniently and economically.

The Ford E-450 shuttle is an example of an eco-friendly transportation choice. Perfect for hotels, churches, private companies, and specialized public transit jobs needing room for up to 30 passengers, this ROUSH CleanTech powered vehicle utilizes the Ford 6.8-liter, V-10 engine powered by propane autogas. In addition to EPA and CARB certification, the ROUSH CleanTech powered Ford E-450 has completed the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) New Model Bus Testing Program (referred to as “Altoona Testing”). “Altoona Testing…will allow all agencies to apply for FTA funding to assist with conversion costs of that vehicle,” said Lynn McClean, director of maintenance for Flint Mass Transit Authority (MTA).

To put the environmental impact of switching to propane autogas in perspective, by replacing 50 shuttles traveling 75,000 miles per year with ROUSH CleanTech vans, a company will be saving over $185,000 per year and removing more than 1 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year. To estimate a fleet’s cost and pollutant savings with propane autogas, visit ROUSH CleanTech’s online Savings Calculator.



  • Up to 20 percent less nitrogen oxide.
  • Up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide.
  • 17 to 24 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Fewer particulate emissions.
  • EPA- and CARB-certified.
  • Altoona Tested.


  • No loss in engine performance.
  • Very little additional weight to the vehicle.
  • Comparable driving range between fill-ups.
  • Maintains the factory vehicle warranty.
  • No additional scheduled services.
  • Lower fuel costs by up to 40 percent.
  • Reduced operating and maintenance costs.


Explore our recommended ROUSH CleanTech vehicles and conversion systems for your ground transportation requirements.


To find out about federal or state tax incentives, click here to check out credits and programs available to save you money when considering the switch to propane autogas.


Many customers have already adapted the ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel system into their fleet. Read about some of their experiences.

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                          Flint Mass Transit Authority





ROUSH CleanTech currently supports the following ground transportation coalition:

Airport & Ground Transportation Association (AGTA)


For more information about how ROUSH CleanTech serves the ground transportation market, contact us at 800.59.ROUSH.


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