Seattle -- Sears Holdings Corp. strengthened its environmental commitment with the rollout of 27 new Roush CleanTech Ford E-250 cargo vans fueled by propane autogas, to be deployed in the Sears Home Services fleet in Seattle for in-home service and repair visits.
"Propane autogas has proven safe, reliable and environmentally friendly, and we look forward to putting this fuel to work in our fleet," said Stu Reed, senior VP of Sears Holdings and president of Sears home services. "The conversion of 27 of our product repair vans to propane autogas is one of several initiatives we have underway to improve the efficiency of our fleet of 10,000 home services vans. If we get the type of efficiencies we expect by converting these vans to Roush CleanTech propane autogas we could scale this to all 10,000 service vans.”
Other environmental steps Sears says it has taken include a 'no idling' policy and installing 'economizer' devices on 4,800 service vans.
Fueling with propane autogas leads to significant reductions in exhaust emissions with up to 25% less greenhouse gases, 20% less nitrogen oxide and up to 60% less carbon monoxide than gasoline-powered vehicles, according to a press statement by Sears.