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Propane Proven in Cold, Cold Weather

May 12, 2017 in Education, PERC Straight Talk, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Third in the Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Autogas:
Indiana’s Warren Township’s Finds Winter Woes Reduced

“Our story starts with snow,” says Steve Smith, transportation director with the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, east of Indianapolis. “Then it goes to ice.”
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Agility More Propane with CleanFuel Buy

May 12, 2017 in Companies, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Powertrain Systems Unit Acquisition of CleanFuel USA
‘To Immediately Offer Complete Propane Fuel Systems’

Agility Fuel Solutions said yesterday that it’s boosting its nascent propane vehicle business via the acquisition of CleanFuel USA by Agility’s new expands new Powertrain Systems.

Agility’s move into propane autogas was announced less than two weeks ago at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, Calif. (F&F, May 6).

Agility said that its Powertrain Systems unit is hiring key CleanFuel USA employees and will add locations in Wixom, Mich. to focus on fuel systems, and Georgetown, Texas to focus on fueling equipment.

‘A Complete Propane Solution’

The CleanFuel USA buy acquisition will Agility Powertrain Systems “to immediately offer complete propane fuel systems for commercial vehicles based on patented liquid propane injection (LPI) technology.

“Agility will also be able to offer turnkey propane fueling packages for both private fleet and retail locations, enabling a complete propane solution for commercial fleets globally,” states a release.


“This acquisition will enable our Powertrain Systems business unit to accelerate its development and certification of propane fuel systems for OEM engines and vehicles,” Agility CEO Kathleen Ligocki said in the CleanFuel USA acquisition announcement.

‘Cleaner Transportation Options’

“It’s a significant step toward our goal of offering a complete toolkit of solutions to enable the global transition toward cleaner transportation options,” she said.

“CleanFuel USA has assembled a portfolio of reliable products and leading technology in the commercial vehicle market in North America,” said Powertrain Systems president Brad Garner.

“We look forward to combining those products and technology with Agility’s market and geographic reach, financial strength, and aftermarket service capabilities to make it easy for fleets, OEMs, and propane distributors to benefit from propane’s advantages as a clean and affordable transportation fuel,” Garner said.

Previous Relationships

CleanFuel USA offers propane autogas dispensing equipment and vehicle conversion capabilities. It has previously announced agreements with ASV/Allied Specialty Vehicles for vehicle conversions (F&F, April 14, 2015) and with Daimler’s Freightliner Customer Chassis Corp and Thomas Built (F&F, July 16, 2014), and last year filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization (F&F, April 8, 2016).

Terms of the Agility Powertrain Systems acquisition were not disclosed.


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Source: Agility Fuel Solutions with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Roush Touts Propane for Medium Trucks

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, delivery vehicles, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Case Has Been Made in School Buses: 10,000-Plus Vehicles

Roush CleanTech promoted the potential for propane autogas for medium duty vehicles at last week’s ACT Expo.
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Agility Is Branching to Propane Autogas

May 5, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Companies, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Forms a New Business Unit: Powertrain Systems

Agility Fuel Solutions came to ACT Expo 2017 this week as a revamped company, having merged last year with the automotive operation of Type IV CNG cylinder manufacturer Hexagon Lincoln. Now it’s making another big move, establishing a new Powertrain Systems unit to help supply equipment for propane autogas vehicles.
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PERC Video Features Kingsport, TN Fleet

April 24, 2017 in Education, PERC Straight Talk, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Second in the Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Autogas:
Tennessee Town Has Switched to Propane for 90 of Its Vehicles

The City of Kingsport, Tenn. has converted 90 vehicles to propane autogas – and is happy with the reduced environmental impact and low maintenance requirements, according to a new Straight Talk video released by PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council.
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ACT Expo Speakers, Exhibition Hall Peek

March 24, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event, EVs, fuel cells, Game Changer, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, Hydrogen, investments, LNG, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Key Meeting Is Early This Coming May in Long Beach

Organizers of 2017’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo have released the speaker line-up for the event, which takes place May 1-4 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. updated March 27
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E. Stroudsburg ASD Going with Propane

January 6, 2017 in Fleet Order, Infrastructure, Propane, propane autogas, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Sites to Support Fueling of 122 Propane School Buses

The East Stroudsburg Area School District in eastern Pennsylvania has approved the first-phase purchase of 52 propane autogas school buses, and is to decide this month how to fuel them at two different sites.
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PSI for Alt Fuel Upfits for General Motors

December 6, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, certifications, CNG, Companies, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

SVM/Specialty Vehicle Modifier Designation Agreement
Is Said to Boost Fleet Customers’ Choice of Alt Fuel Vehicles

Power Solutions International’s designation as a specialty vehicles modifier for GM increases the number of alternative fuel vehicles available to operators, PSI says.
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Alliance AutoGas for Donaldson Filters

November 17, 2016 in New Products, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Consistent Fuel Quality Has Become a Greater Need for Fleet Customers’

Alliance AutoGas is promoting a line of filters for propane autogas (aka LPG, for liquefied petroleum gas). The filters are designed to “remove potentially harmful particulate matter and heavy ends from propane systems.”
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MTS San Diego Has Its 1st Propane Buses

September 27, 2016 in Fleet Order, paratransit, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency Has Taken Delivery of the First of 77 Shuttles
With Roush CleanTech Fuel Systems Installed by GAS

San Diego MTS, the city’s Metropolitan Transit System, said today that it’s taken delivery of the first of 77 propane autogas-fueled shuttle buses.
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Roush Propane Buses for Leander ISD

September 26, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Dozen New Blue Birds Are Taking Propane Total to 64

The Leander Independent School District in Texas is adding more propane school buses to its fleet, reporting the August retirement of 20 diesel vehicles “in preparation for the deployment of the new propane models.
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Blue Bird Range at Indianapolis BusCon

September 19, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Alternative Fuel Bus Choices Include CNG and Propane

Blue Bird Bus spread the word this morning that it’s prompting its full line of small and medium sized vehicles, including propane and new compressed natural gas models, at BusCon 2016, which kicks off today in Indianapolis. updated with BusCon 2016 photo on September 22
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IC Bus – 140 Propane for Waterbury, Conn.

August 16, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Celebration to Mark CE Series vehicles Set for August 25

IC Bus and its customer National Express are getting set to celebrate the deployment of 140 propane autogas-fueled CE Series school buses for the Waterbury Public Schools in Connecticut.
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Delaware Transit’s 130 Propane Shuttles

August 8, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Roush-Powered Ford E-450s with Sharp Energy for Fuel

Delaware Transit Corp has cut the ribbon on a Sharp Energy propane autogas fueling station in New Castle that’s to support 130 vehicles for its Dart paratransit operation, the Delaware Department of Transportation reports. DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan did the honors at a ceremony this past Wednesday, August 3. updated August 10
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Flint Groceries via Propane Autogas

August 5, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

MTA Adds Roush Autogas Vehicles to Serve ‘Food Deserts’

The Mass Transportation Authority in Flint, Mich. said today that on Monday it will deploy nine additional propane autogas-fueled vans for its “Ride to Groceries” service in Genesee County, north of Detroit.
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Blue Bird’s Gen 4 Vision Propane Bus

August 5, 2016 in Propane, propane autogas, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Roush-Powered, as “We and Our Partners Continue to Innovate’

Blue Bird is talking up its “Vision Gen 4 Propane” as the latest version of its popular Type C school bus. The vehicle has a Roush CleanTech fuel system, with a new “EconoShift” engine calibration for maximum fuel efficiency.


Blue Bird Vision Propane – the new Gen 4 featues improved fuel lines, filters, pumps and connectors.

Blue Bird Vision Propane – the new Gen 4 featues improved fuel lines, filters, pumps and connectors – and ‘EconoShift’ calibration for better fuel economy.

Other improvements include

  • easier servicing due to repositioned sending units and pre-injector filters, along with O-ring sealed fuel lines and a new optional Euro-style fill connector; and
  • increased reliability, with infinitely variable speed dual fuel pumps and thinner fuel rails that reduce start time up to 50%.

“We and our partners continue to innovate and develop affordable, industry-leading products that our school bus customers want and value,” Blue Bird president and CEO Phil Horlock said in a release.

“The Blue Bird Vision Gen 4 Propane and Vision CNG buses are excellent examples of our spirit of innovation,” he said.


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Blue Bird Bus with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

IC Bus’s Biggest Propane Sale Yet

August 4, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Indianapolis Public Schools Get 100 CE Series Vehicles
With Power Solutions International’s 8.8-Liter Engine

Navistar’s IC Bus has fulfilled its largest propane autogas-powered school bus order to date, as 100 CE Series vehicles with 8.8-liter engines from PSI/Power Solutions International have been delivered to the Indianapolis Public Schools.
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