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DISH Combines Sustainability and Customer Service with New Fleet of ROUSH CleanTech P

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by tsmacro, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. tsmacro

    tsmacro Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2005
    Pay-TV provider demonstrates environmental commitment by deploying 200 vans powered by clean, domestic alternative fuel to national fleet

    INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At the NTEA Work Truck Show today, DISH unveiled the first of 200 ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas-fueled Ford E-250 cargo vans that will enter the company's fleet in 2013. The satellite-TV company estimates these new propane autogas-powered vehicles will lower carbon dioxide emissions by 12.5 million pounds over the lifetime of the fleet's operation compared to gas-powered counterparts.

    DISH's new alternative fuel vehicles will support residential and commercial customer service in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    "These clean-burning propane autogas vehicles are better for our environment, our communities and operate more efficiently," said Erik Carlson, executive vice president of service and installation at DISH. "DISH expects to save about $2,500 per vehicle in annual lifecycle costs due to a 55 percent reduction in fuel costs and the cleaner burning properties of propane autogas."

    DISH researched multiple alternative fuels available in the marketplace. Four factors made propane autogas the best fit: cost savings, national availability of a domestically sourced fuel, on-site fueling benefits and OEM choices that meet service requirements. Propane autogas vehicles emit fewer greenhouse gases and smog-producing hydrocarbons than conventionally fueled vehicles.

    Currently, propane autogas is the only alternative fuel being implemented in DISH's fleet.

    "Economical, clean-burning propane autogas is an excellent option for fleets looking for more efficient operation," said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. "Propane autogas is sourced domestically and is cheaper per mile to operate."

    Propane autogas offers the largest public refueling network of all alternative fuels. Additionally, private, on-site refueling infrastructure costs less than any other alternative fuel option. This makes it economical for DISH to install refueling stations at each of their initial deployment locations.

    More than 90 percent of the propane used in the U.S. comes from domestic sources of natural gas and petroleum. Additionally, ROUSH CleanTech's supply chain is primarily based in North America. The domestic nature of both the fuel and the technology influenced DISH's decision.

    "As one of the nation's largest fleets with locations across the country, we believe we can have a real impact by putting a viable alternative fuel to work for us," said Carlson.

    About DISH: DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.056 million satellite TV customers, as of Dec. 31, 2012, with the highest quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value, including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation's subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.

    About ROUSH CleanTech: ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology, is a division of ROUSH Enterprises based in Livonia, Mich. ROUSH CleanTech designs, engineers, manufactures and installs propane autogas fuel system technology for light- and medium-duty Ford commercial vehicles, and Type A and Type C Blue Bird school buses. As a Ford QVM-certified alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer, ROUSH CleanTech delivers economical, clean and domestically produced fueling options for fleets across the country. Learn more at ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.
  2. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    All well and good, but will it help them show up on time, or at all? :scratch:
  3. boba

    boba Hall Of Fame

    May 23, 2003
    Might add an excuse for not showing up. "I RAN OUT OF GAS"
  4. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2004
    If they keep reducing the CO2 output, all the vegtetation will die, then the herbivores will die then the carnivores will die!!

  5. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Mar 25, 2002
    I guess I am getting old, but I get really upset when I here about all this sustainability nonsense. Back in the 1980's I worked at a job that required me to drive a propane van. It always felt like I was driving a bomb. One day I went to get in it and a propane hose had broken and gas was spewing everywhere. (Had to call the fire department.) I also watched solar get installed in many buildings and schools only to get torn out in the 1990's because it was to expensive to maintain the equipment. I also was involved in efforts to buy recycled paper and toner cartridges only to find people would not use them or they cost to much. (Do you know some copier companies will not honor warranties or maintenance agreements when recycled paper or toner is used.) I even worked with the state on some of these projects but funding was always cut.

    Fast forward 30 years and I see Sustainability Managers being hired, at the expense of other programs, and companies and government beating their chests about how green they are. How many of these solar panel companies have gone out of business or sent production overseas? This didn't work in the 80's or 90's so what will make it work now? You could say technology advances but I think it is all politics and feel good political correctness. Being green still costs more, and given a choice, most folks will not pay more. But government will and so will Dish. What happens when their projections don't come true? Oh, thats right, they can just raise your bill!

    I notice Dish says they will save $2500.00 per vehicle in lifecycle costs, but they fail to mention how much more each vehicle will cost.
  6. AZ.

    AZ. Legend

    Mar 27, 2011
    Please look at the leaps and bounds that just solar alone has done in 40 years!!!....Look at a country Like Germany and how they lead the world....We are just followers, and we just keep falling farther behind....

    Stand next to a solar array take a deep breath.....Then stand next to your car and do the same.....Oil burning engines do have there place, they just should be far less.....The internal combustion engine really hasn't changed in 100 years .

    I think its time for change because, its well over due.
  7. olds403

    olds403 Godfather

    Nov 20, 2007
    At least they didn't invest in electric vehicles.

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