Joe Thompson

ROUSH CleanTech

Joe Thompson has served as president of ROUSH CleanTech since the company’s inception in 2010. He’s grown the company from six employees to more than 90, deploying almost 9,000 vehicles fueled by clean-burning and economical propane autogas. Under Thompson’s leadership, ROUSH CleanTech has won numerous quality control and environmental awards, including Supplier of the Year from Blue Bird and a Michigan Green Leader honorable mention. He is a recipient of the 2013 Green Fleet Sustainability All-Star award.

Thompson has worked with Roush since 1996. In his previous appointment as vice president and general manager, he helped establish ROUSH Performance as one of the premier brands in the automotive aftermarket segment. His strategic approach to sales, distribution and marketing, along with product development, drove a growth curve of more than 500 percent in a period of 18 months. Thompson also is a member of the Roush Enterprise Steering Committee.

Raised in Ohio, he earned a degree in public relations from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism. He lives with his wife and two sons in Ann Arbor, Mich.


Knock out NOx with propane autogas

For fleet owners, it’s time to clear the air — of harmful gases like nitrogen oxides (NOx). As discussed in our last post, “Say No to NOx.” NOx are reactive gases that pollute the air, contribute to acid rain and can trigger health problems.

Say No to NOx

While many environmental concerns may feel too big to tackle, the issue of nitrogen oxides — and the threat they pose to clean air and water — is one problem every fleet owner can help alleviate.

Buying fleet vehicles part 3: Using clear vision

“Blind as a bat” makes sense, because bats have to use a kind of radar system to get around, right?

Yes and no. Some bats do use echolocation, but they aren’t blind: All bat species have eyes and can see. Our knowledge of history and science is filled with these common misconceptions that are easily proven false.

Buying fleet vehicles part 2: The “Aha!” Moment

When something that seems complex suddenly becomes simple, you might experience an “Aha!” moment. Making decisions regarding which fleet vehicles to buy can involve layers of complexity. Understanding the total cost of ownership (TCO) of vehicles can help you cut through those layers with ease and confidence.

The cost of fueling infrastructure is one part of determining TCO for a fleet vehicle. Environmental and emissions costs, if they are a fleet requirement, must be accounted for as well.

Buying fleet vehicles part 1: Do you know the TCO?

When a Granny Smith apple costs $1.79 a pound and a Macintosh just 99 cents, it’s easy to compare one apple to another. But when it’s time to decide on a fuel for your new fleet vehicles, the choice is not so simple.

With different fuels burning at different heat energies, comparing miles-per-gallon ratings of fuels such as gasoline, diesel, propane autogas and natural gas isn’t conclusive. To achieve a true side-by-side comparison, you must look at the total cost of ownership (TCO) between various vehicles and their specific fuel.

Your move: The third step to propane autogas 1

Fleet owners looking to make a positive difference in their bottom line this year could find a partner in propane. Fleets that take advantage of propane autogas can cut operating costs by an average of 40 percent compared to conventional fuels. It’s a readily available, domestically produced fuel that also reduces emissions.

Your move: The second step to propane autogas 1

Timing is everything, and in my last post, we touched on why now is a good time for fleet owners to transition diesel vehicles to clean-burning, American-made propane autogas. Propane can cut operating costs by an average of 40 percent compared to conventional fuels.

Your move: The first step to propane autogas

With a slow rise in gasoline and diesel prices beginning last year, and the federal government enacting stricter environmental controls, the total ownership cost of diesel vehicles is heading upward.

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