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Wis. paratransit operator goes propane

Posted on September 24, 2012

Marinette, Wis.-based Tarmann Transport teamed with Alliance AutoGas partners Charter Fuels and The Motor Co. to convert his Ford E-350 van to clean, cost-effective propane autogas.

“Running on propane autogas has helped me cut costs as I launch my new business, but it also feels good to know I’m improving the air quality in the local community with an American-made fuel,” said Tom Tarmann, who contracts with Oconto County, Wis., and LogistiCare to serve elderly and disabled patients in the community.

Though only currently operating part-time as he transitions to this new venture, Tarmann is already saving hundreds of dollars a month by running his service vehicle on autogas. The autogas vehicle conversion was almost entirely funded by a $5,000 grant from the state of Wisconsin, so he was able to start saving on fuel costs right away.

Tarmann also plans to convert a 2009 Ford Taurus to autogas through Alliance AutoGas, with clean fueling from Charter Fuels and vehicle conversion through The Motor Co., a certified Alliance conversion center.

“As part of the Alliance AutoGas network, we were able to work with Tarmann to coordinate everything he needed to switch to autogas, including the vehicle conversion, convenient fueling and operational and safety training,” says Bill Langlois of Charter Fuels. “Autogas fleets are saving around $1.50 per gallon on fuel costs right now, and in this economy, that really adds up for a small business fleet that’s getting off the ground.”

Alliance AutoGas is an international partner network that provides North American fleets with autogas vehicle conversions, installation of a fuel station at a fleet’s base, data integration for fuel management systems, operational and safety training, and ongoing technical support.

 

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