Less Traffic, Lower Emissions — Crew Transportation Company Rides Clean with Propane Autogas

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Renzenberger experiences environmental, financial benefits fueling with propane autogas.

Ford E-350 Propane Autogas Shuttle Van

Ford E-350 Propane Autogas Shuttle Van

Choosing propane autogas to fuel our fleet vehicles has allowed Renzenberger to reduce the carbon footprint of our company and lower fuel costs, while providing a safe, sustainable and reliable transportation solution to transport California employees.

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Renzenberger, Inc., a leading provider of safe, reliable and green railroad crew transportation and business solutions, held an event last week to unveil 10 new 2012 ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fueled Ford E-350 shuttle vans for their California fleet.

The event, called “Less Traffic, Lower Emissions — Crew Transportation Company Rides Clean with Propane Autogas” was held at the BNSF San Bernardino Intermodal Facility in San Bernardino. Executives from Renzenberger and ROUSH CleanTech demonstrated the benefits that this cleaner, less expensive and domestically produced fuel will deliver both to the company and the community in which they operate. Attendees experienced the performance of this alternative fuel by test-driving the vehicles.

“Choosing propane autogas to fuel our fleet vehicles has allowed Renzenberger to reduce the carbon footprint of our company and lower fuel costs, while providing a safe, sustainable and reliable transportation solution to transport California employees,” said Karen Seitter, president of Renzenberger. “This area is known for congestion, and we are reducing both traffic and emissions.”

Estimates show Renzenberger will eliminate nearly 400,000 pounds in carbon dioxide emissions per year and save approximately $14,500 per vehicle in fuel costs by switching to propane autogas.

Renzenberger travels in excess of 60 million miles each year transporting railroad, oil and gas, and manufacturing employees to their work sites. Nearly 27 million of those miles are transporting BNSF crewmembers at locations across the country. In San Bernardino County, Renzenberger annually travels 2.8 million miles for its customers. In addition to BNSF employees, the propane autogas vehicles are used for United Furniture Industries, traveling twice daily between San Bernardino and Victorville.

In addition to a private on-site station at their San Bernardino location, Renzenberger refuels at public propane autogas stations across Southern California. Propane autogas has the most widely available publically accessible refueling infrastructure of any other alternative fuel, with thousands of public refueling stations in place across the nation.

“We are excited to help Renzenberger achieve their safety and sustainability goals with this clean-burning alternative to gasoline,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. “Renzenberger plays an important role in safely transporting railway crew from job site to job site. They’re now able to do this cleaner, safer and less expensively using propane autogas.”

The ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems for light- and medium-duty Ford vehicles deliver equivalent horsepower, torque and towing capacity compared to gasoline versions of the same models, but emit 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, 60 percent less carbon monoxide and up to 25 percent less greenhouse gases. Historically, propane autogas costs 30 to 40 percent less than gasoline, and currently can be purchased for under $2 per gallon at many Southern California retail propane autogas refueling locations, compared to an average of $3.94 for regular unleaded in the area. It is the most common alternative fuel both in the U.S. and the world.
ROUSH CleanTech has made it easy to switch to an alternative fuel that performs as promised — backed by Ford’s warranty, with a quality system, quick return on investment and green environmental benefits,” said Seitter.

Renzenberger plans to add an additional 200 propane autogas vehicles to the company’s fleet within the next two years.

A video of the event may be found here.

About Renzenberger, Inc.: Renzenberger operates a fleet of more than 1,200 vehicles providing safe reliable crew transportation to companies throughout North America. Renzenberger’s commitment to the environment and the community contribute to a safer, cleaner transportation solution. To learn more, visit Renzenberger.com.

About ROUSH CleanTech: Based in Livonia, Mich., ROUSH CleanTech offers dedicated liquid propane autogas fuel systems for a variety of light- and medium-duty Ford vans and trucks, and for the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision and Micro Bird G5 school bus. Currently offered through authorized Ford dealerships around the country, the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system delivers the same factory Ford performance characteristics and serviceability with a 5-year / 60,000-mile limited warranty. Customers can lower operating costs significantly while reducing vehicle emissions. Complete details on ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas offerings can be found online at ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.

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