Government Fleet Managers Drive On- and Off- Road Propane Vehicles at FedFleet

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Government fleet managers consider transportation choices at FedFleet conference; propane vehicles available as "right here, right now" option for lower environmental impact, increased domestic security, and reduced operating costs.

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The goal of this conference is to enhance motor vehicle performance of government fleets

At the National Motor Vehicle and Aviation Workshops and Exposition (FedFleet) today in Phoenix, Roush Performance and Heritage Propane showcased a propane vehicle and a commercial propane lawn mower that cut carbon and particulate emissions and reduce operating costs.

FedFleet offered federal, state, and local government fleet managers, vehicle manufacturers, industry partners, and operations and maintenance managers the chance to get inside a propane-fueled Ford E-250 cargo van from Roush and to inspect a zero-turn-radius Ferris propane-fueled lawn mower at the Propane Pavilion. A representative of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) spoke about the latest propane fuel technology and product offerings during a workshop session.

“The goal of this conference is to enhance motor vehicle performance of government fleets,” said Brian Feehan, vice president of PERC. “Propane-fueled vehicles offer a domestic solution that can help government fleet operators save money and reduce greenhouse gases immediately, all while delivering the same or better performance.”

According to the Department of Energy, more than 7,000 government-owned vehicles run on propane. Government-owned alternative fuel vehicles displace approximately 10 million gallons of gasoline annually. Propane is the most widely used alternative fuel on roads today in the United States, powering 270,000 vehicles. Worldwide, more than 13 million vehicles run on propane. 

On average, propane fleet vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent and create 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide, and fewer particulate emissions, compared with gasoline vehicles. Propane mowers produce 48 percent less greenhouse gas emissions and 80 percent less carbon monoxide emissions than gasoline mowers.

For more information on the conference, visit http://www.fedfleet.org.

PERC promotes the safe and efficient use of propane as an energy fuel for its cost-effectiveness, efficiency and productivity, reliability, portability, and environmental friendliness. For more information on PERC and its programs, visit http://www.propanecouncil.org.

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