Public transportation fleets across the county are turning to propane autogas as a way to reduce their carbon footprint, cut fuel costs, and decrease dependence on foreign oil. This week, the Propane Education & Research Council and Metro Magazine recognized six top fleets for their recent adoptions of clean, American-made propane autogas at BusCon Expo in Indianapolis.
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Propane-autogas-powered vehicles emit fewer harmful greenhouse gas and carbon emissions than vehicles running on gasoline and diesel, reducing short-term and long-term health effects on passengers, according to the company.
"This year’s award winners are a great example of how fleets can improve the economic and environmental well-being of their communities without breaking the bank to do it,” PERC Chief Business Development Officer Tucker Perkins said. “Propane autogas is a clean fuel that can also result in a strong ROI due to significant savings on fuel costs. Public fleets can trust propane autogas as an affordable, reliable fuel."
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PERC presented the “Top User of Clean-Burning Propane Autogas” awards to attending representatives at a ceremony Wednesday morning at Indiana Convention Center. The fleets were individually recognized for recent adoptions of propane-autogas-powered vehicles.
• Access Transportation Inc. in Fort Plain, New York, currently operates 15 propane-autogas-powered Ford E-250 and Ford E-350 vehicles with ICOM JTG II Systems, and has two additional conversions underway this year. Brian Muehleck, owner of operations, explained that propane autogas has made going green easy and he plans to eventually convert the remaining 20 fleet vehicles to propane. Access Transportation is also doubling their on-site refueling infrastructure, upgrading to a 2,000 gallon tank and two dispensers.
• Benzie Transportation Authority recently adopted seven propane autogas shuttle buses with ICOM JTG II Systems, and one Ford E-450 transit vehicle with a dedicated Roush CleanTech fuel system. According to Chad Hollenbeck, BTA Operations Manager, the transit authority is the first in northern Michigan to adopt clean, green propane autogas.
• Broward County Transit purchased 138 propane-autogas-powered mini-buses for its transit fleet this year. The vehicles will begin servicing Broward in 2015, making BCT the largest alternative fuel paratransit fleet in the entire nation, Tim Garling, BCT deputy director, said in a recent interview.
• Muncie Indiana Transit System is currently operating one test vehicle on propane autogas and has two new dedicated Ford E-450 transit vehicles with Roush CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems on order. According to Larry King, MITS general manager, the transit system plans to convert their remaining15 MITSPlus paratransit fleet vehicles from diesel to propane autogas in order to reduce harmful emissions.
• Palm Beach County first adopted propane in 2012 because of its obvious cost and environmental benefits. Louis Ferri, operations manager of Palm Beach County’s transportation department, reported displacing more than 150,000 gallons of gasoline so far this year and has ordered an additional 50 Ford E-450 dedicated propane autogas vehicles with Roush CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems, which they will receive before end of the year.
• Provide A Ride is converting 10 vehicles to propane autogas this year in addition to their existing 42 propane-autogas-powered shuttles buses and vans with ICOM JTG II Systems. Company President Alan Groedel said that propane autogas offered an easy, clean solution, and the initial investment was more than offset by the savings realized in the cost of propane compared with gasoline.
For more information on BusCon Expo and the PERC propane autogas awards, visit busconexpo.com. To learn more about propane-autogas-fueled bus fleets, visit propane.com.