DIRECTV, one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services, plans to expand its propane autogas fueled fleet. The company currently operates 77 ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-250 propane autogas vans and will increase that number over the next year.

According to ROUSH CleanTech, DIRECTV chose propane autogas due to its low cost and accessibility of fuel, vehicle return on investment, domestic nature of the fuel source and vehicle supply chain, and accessibility to high occupancy vehicle lanes.

“The addition of more propane-autogas fueled vehicles to the DIRECTV fleet strengthens our commitment to reducing the company’s overall gasoline usage,” said Brandon Morris, director of Fleet Services for DIRECTV. “We have learned a lot from analyzing our current propane fleet, and the benefits we are seeing from using propane as an alternative to gasoline include the lower cost of propane, ease of implementation, distribution network, and the high quality conversion kit produced by ROUSH CleanTech.”

Since its propane autogas vehicle deployment in November 2011, DIRECTV has reportedly reduced gasoline consumption by 75,000 gallons, and saved nearly 50 percent on a cost-per-gallon basis compared to gasoline.

ROUSH CleanTech is a Tier 1 supplier and Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier manufacturer.