By going propane, fleet decision-makers can enjoy the environmental and cost-savings benefits of this expanding alternative fuel market while making a smart decision for their transportation needs
Washington, DC (Vocus) April 27, 2010
Propane-fueled vehicles and equipment were on display at the National Association of Fleet Administrators’ Institute & Expo in Detroit today to showcase propane’s use as a clean-burning, cost-effective alternative fuel to government and commercial fleet purchasers. Roush Performance, CleanFuel USA, and Heritage Propane, with support from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), exhibited a Ford E-250 cargo van, a General Motors G-4500 cutaway van, a propane refueling dispenser, and a commercial Cub Cadet lawn mower. The Propane Pavilion and subsequent ride-and-drive event, featuring a Ford F-250 super-cab pickup truck, provided fleet managers the opportunity to get familiar with — and behind the wheel of — vehicles that run on propane.
Representatives from Blossman Gas, Ferrellgas, Heritage Propane, AmeriGas, Roush Performance, CleanFuel USA, and PERC fielded questions about propane engine fuel products in the Propane Pavilion.
“By going propane, fleet decision-makers can enjoy the environmental and cost-savings benefits of this expanding alternative fuel market while making a smart decision for their transportation needs,” said Brian Feehan, vice president of PERC. “Operating costs for a propane truck are about 30 to 35 percent lower than a comparable gasoline-powered truck, depending on application.”
“The environmental benefits are particularly evident with propane-powered lawn mowers,” Feehan continued. “They produce almost 50 percent less greenhouse gas emissions and 80 percent less carbon monoxide emissions than gasoline mowers.”
Propane is utilized as an engine fuel in a wide range of on- and off-road vehicles, including ground service equipment, light-duty trucks, medium-duty truck, school buses, passenger vehicles, forklifts, and lawn mowers. Fleet operators can use a fleet calculator to analyze costs for propane, fuel prices, vehicle gas mileage, vehicle price, state rebates, and federal tax credits, as well as estimate costs over a 10-year period. The online calculator is available at http://www.propanecouncil.org/fleetcalculator or http://www.cleanfuelusa.com.
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