Fuel for Thought

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School Buses Graduate to Alternative Fuels

What “little thing” in your product or service might change everything?

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Can Sheep Keep Secrets?

Could you set your company apart by solving a problem no-one else is looking at?

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Don’t Build a Better Buggy, Build Durability

What would you do if you were running the Studebaker Brothers, a company producing horse-drawn wagons for farmers, miners and the military, when the first gasoline-powered American car was road-tested in Massachusetts in 1893?

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How’s Your Product Delivery System Working for You?

Are you focused on delivering the best outcomes to your customers?

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Looking for Mr. and Ms. Right for the Job

Are you listening to your gut when making decisions about the right people for the right job?

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Michigan Emergency Highlights Need for Alt Fuels

Our country has plenty of propane autogas and compressed natural gas readily available to fill our transportation fuel tanks.

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Big Fish, Small Pond?

Are you taking full advantage of your unique position in your marketplace?

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Is Timing Everything? When to Make Your Critical Decision

Is now the right time for you to make a critical decision?

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View From the Summit: Alt Fuels Here to Stay

Staying alert to shifts in our industry helps us all serve our customers better.

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Make Your 'New and Improved' 10 Times Better

Companies that want to succeed and thrive must strive for 10-times better technology, because slight incremental improvements mean no improvement at all for the end user.

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Fuel Prices Fall, Propane Autogas Business Rises

ROUSH CleanTech's sales are up, even at a time when gas and diesel prices are down. I attribute this growth to propane maintenance benefits over diesel vehicles, the desire for proven green technology and the lack of stability of foreign energy sources.

There Is No “Right” Decision, Only the One You Make

Stop worrying about making the right decision; focus instead on steering your company successfully along the road chosen.

Need for Speed? Slam on the Brakes

Where are the “brakes” in your company? And how are they helping you move forward more quickly?

"Accelerate (XLR8)" by John Kotter.

Solar System or Silos? Your Company May Need Both

In his book, “Accelerate (XLR8),” business expert John Kotter likens the structure of start-up companies to a solar system or a molecule, in which “the entrepreneur is at the center and staff members revolve around that leader in a network.”

Find and Ignite Your Workplace Passion

Surround yourself with those who are equally driven and passionate for a cause. Then, make sure a common “why” drives you and your staff.

Autogas Questions Answered

There are a number of frequent questions fleet managers ask about propane autogas and its benefits.

A Dollar Saved is Better Than a Dollar Cut

Simply cutting corners is usually not the best solution for fleet managers to stay within their budget. Instead, by learning how to operate their fleets more efficiently, fleet managers can retain more cash long-term.

Buses or Books? I Choose Both

With the harsh reality of cutbacks nationwide, many schools are facing the choice between buying buses or investing in staff, facilities, or even books. That’s why many schools choose alternative fuels to power their school bus fleet — so that they can have both.

Training Technicians on Alt-Fuel Technology

Not since the days of Henry Ford has the technician’s job changed quite as much as it has with the development of alternative fuel vehicles.

Fleet Savings: Begin with the End in Mind

Sticker prices make it easy to compare a vehicle’s cost. But, the key to fleet savings is in the finer print — of maintenance, repair, depreciation, taxes, insurance, and more. There are a number of steps that can help you choose the right fuel for your fleet vehicles to save you money.

The Worst Advice About Alternative Fuels

Folks are often quick to offer their opinion about the use of alternative fuels in fleet vehicles. Here’s a breakdown of the top five worst pieces of advice I’ve heard when it comes to considering alternative fuels.

The Alternative Fuel Future Has Arrived

It’s no secret that alternative fuel technology has been available to fleets for decades. Yet fueling with gasoline and diesel remains the norm for most mainstream fleets. There are a number of factors fleet managers should consider when it comes to making a fueling decision for tomorrow.

Take Charge Now to Drive Long Term Success

Last winter, some folks in cold climates had difficulty receiving their propane. The industry's distribution and delivery infrastructure were not strong enough to support the demand brought on by a severe winter and record crop drying activities.

Quality Hardware Is the Key to Success

When it comes to manufacturing fuel systems, it’s also all about the hardware. Proper vehicle operation starts with quality hardware components.

Market Discipline: Provide Value and Grow

What are some top quality brands that come to mind? To build a credible brand, you've got be willing to take those first steps of recognizing what needs to be fixed.


Author Bio

Joe Thompson

President, ROUSH CleanTech

Joe Thompson, president of ROUSH CleanTech, is a member of the ROUSH Enterprise Steering Committee and a recipient of the 2013 Green Fleet Sustainability All-Star award.

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