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Cook-Illinois Likes Its Initial Propane Buses

July 7, 2017 in Education, Propane, propane autogas, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sixth in the Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Autogas:
Cook-Illinois Likes Reduced Maintenance… 2,000-Plus Buses?

Cook-Illinois, a contract school transportation provider, likes what it sees with propane autogas and is looking to convert many more buses in a fleet numbering more than 2,000 units. That’s according to Good for Students, Good for Business, the six and final of the latest series of Straight Talk videos from PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council.
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Thomas Sticks with Agility for Propane

June 28, 2017 in Companies, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Partnership Continues Relationship with CleanFuel USA,
Which This Spring Became an Agility Fuel Solutions Entity

Thomas Built Buses disclosed a strategic partnership with Agility Fuel Solutions for propane autogas systems for school buses yesterday. The announcement by the Daimler North America busbuilder noted that it’s continuing the relationship with CleanFuel USA now that CleanFuel has been acquired by Agility.
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Van Go Happy with Its 54 Propane Vans

June 26, 2017 in Education, paratransit, PERC Straight Talk, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fifth in the Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Autogas:
Virginia’s Van Go Paratransit Operation Likes the Numbers

Richmond-Va.-based Van Go converted all 54 of its paratransit vehicles to propane autogas in 2012, opting for propane gasoline bi-fuel systems to extend the vehicles’ range, according to Going Further with Autogas, the fifth in the current series of Straight Talk videos from PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council.
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Blue Star Propane for PreFlight Phoenix

June 9, 2017 in Airports, Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Prins VSI-2 Bi-Fuel Kits for Sky Harbor Parking Shuttles

Blue Star Gas reports the conversion of three shuttle buses operated by PreFlight Airport Parking to propane-gasoline bi-fuel operation at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.
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Indy Schools Opt for Propane Autogas

June 8, 2017 in Education, PERC Straight Talk, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fourth in the Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Autogas:
Indianapolis Public Schools Has 100 Propane-Powered Buses

“Our fleet was aged. It was getting to the point where it was more costly to keep them maintained than to look at the expense of a new bus,” Indianapolis Public Schools director of transportation Manny Mendez says in Indianapolis Public Schools: Upgrading an Aging Fleet.
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Roush & Blue Bird for Low-NOx Propane

June 8, 2017 in certifications, Propane, propane autogas, school buses, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Roush Claims First .05 NOx Propane Autogas Engine,
U.S. EPA- and California-Certified on 6.8-Liter Ford V-10
For Class 4 to 7 Vehicles & Blue Bird Type C School Buses
Affords Fleets ‘the Greatest NOx Reduction Per Dollar Spent’

Roush CleanTech has developed the industry’s first propane autogas engine with nitrogen oxide emissions of just 0.05 grams per brake horsepower-hour – dramatically below the current U.S. EPA limit of 0.2 g/bhp-hr.

The 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engine with the Roush modification has been certified by both the UPA and California Air Resources Board, the companies said yesterday.


‘Roush CleanTech’s low-NOx engine is a great step forward for the propane industry,’ said Tucker Perkins, president of PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council. Ford 6.8-liter V-10 engines photo courtesy Roush CleanTech at Roush headquarters in Michigan.

The target market is Class 4 to Class 7 vehicles, and Blue Bird’s Type C school buses.

‘A Great Step Forward’

“Roush CleanTech’s low NOx engine is a great step forward for the propane industry,” said PERC/Propane Education & Research Council president Tucker Perkins says in the Roush-Blue Bird release.

“Propane autogas is well established as an economical, clean-burning and domestically produced alternative fuel ideal for fleets,” Perkins said. “Now propane gets the biggest return on NOx.”

“Equipping the Blue Bird Vision with the lowest NOx propane engine makes the best-selling school bus in the industry even better,” said Blue Bird president and CEO Phil Horlock.

The Volkswagen Opportunity

“That’s great news for the environment, our customers and our children. Blue Bird’s propane school bus is the industry leader for lowest total cost of ownership and hassle-free maintenance,” Horlock said, “creating a cleaner and safer environment for us all.”

“Developing the lowest NOx propane engine sends a message that this fuel is comparable to other alternative fuels from a standpoint of emissions,” Roush CleanTech sales and marketing VP Todd Mouw says in the low-NOx announcement. “With our nation’s ample supply of propane and the fuel’s favorable total cost of ownership, our propane autogas engine is the perfect mix of environmental and economic sustainability,” he said.

Roush and Blue Bird note that over the past year, NOx awareness has increased due to the Volkswagen emissions compliance issue, with the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (F&F, February 18) created to fund actions with cleaner technology that reduce excess emissions of NOx. “Our .05g NOx engine certification will help our school bus and public transit customers target funds,” from the VW mitigation program, Mouw said. “This is especially beneficial for school districts looking for extra funds to replace aging diesel models.”

“The launch of the lowest NOx engine in the class 4-7 space comes at an opportune time,” Mouw told F&F. “Our customers and partners can utilize funds from the upcoming Volkswagen EMT settlement to modernize their fleets with this low NOx propane engine offering the greatest NOx reduction per dollar spent.”

‘No Additional Upfront Cost’

The companies note that the certifications cover the 6.8-liter Roush modification for propane autogas powered school bus and commercial truck “with no additional upfront cost.” Roush has begun installing the new low NOx engines in its Ford commercial vehicles and Blue Bird Vision propane school buses with 2017 model year engines.

“Now it’s no longer just the Cummins Westport natural gas product,” one expert observer says in reference to new low-NOx engines from the joint venture serving the natural gas vehicle market (F&F, May 5).

Propane autogas-powered Blue Bird Vision school buses with fuel systems by Roush CleanTech for the Leander Independent School District in Cedar Park, north of Austin, Texas (F&F, September 26, 2016).


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Source: Blue Bird & Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

PERC Nozzle Money Runs Out June 30

June 2, 2017 in money available, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Funding of $1,000 Per Propane Autogas Hose-End Connector
To Encourage Fleet Use of Safer, Cleaner, Quick-Connect Units

“Time is running out for fleets to take advantage,” says PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council, noting that its Quick-Connect Nozzle Incentive program for propane autogas ends in just a few weeks.
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SES Propane Fueling for Ohio’s Laketran

May 30, 2017 in Infrastructure, paratransit, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$1.6 Million, 30,000-Gallon Installation for Paratransit Fleet

Ohio’s Laketran and Superior Energy Systems are talking up a $1.6 million propane autogas facility to support the Cleveland-area agency’s “Dial-a-Ride” paratransit bus fleet.
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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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PERC Features MTS San Diego Propane

April 5, 2017 in Education, paratransit, PERC Straight Talk, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First of a Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Propane Autogas:
‘There Weren’t Any Additional Requirements or Equipment Needed’

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has converted more than a third of its minibus and paratransit fleet to propane autogas, and is happy with the reduced environmental impact and low maintenance requirements of the vehicles, says a new Straight Talk video released by PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council.
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PERC Doubles Its Propane Nozzle Offer

March 7, 2017 in money available, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleets Can Now Get $1,000 per Hose-End Connector

The Propane Education & Research Council is expanding its quick-connect nozzle incentive program for fleets and doubling the incentive amounts for applicants. Effective immediately, PERC says, operators of private fleets and public propane fueling stations may apply for the new incentives of $100 per tank-side connector and $1,000 per hose-end connector.
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Icom’s Propane DI Certified for Ford 3.5L

February 7, 2017 in certifications, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Both Dedicated-Propane and Bi-Fuel Gasoline Versions

Icom North America said today that its “Icom JTGhp” systems for Ford’s 3.5-liter Ecoboost engine – model years 2015, 2016, and 2017 – are U.S. EPA-certified and in full production. Both dedicated and propane-gasoline bi-fuel variants are available.
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The Best Alternative Fuel for the Fleet

January 20, 2017 in Alternative Fuels, Hybrids, Opinion, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleet Managers Need to Be Able to Choose ‘The Right Fuel for the Job’

Special to Fleets & Fuels by Darren Engle,
director of governmental relations with Blue Star Gas

Diversification is just smart business, but for a long time fleet managers and even fuel providers were only thinking in terms of a one alternative fuel for their entire fleet. Fortunately, the idea that fleet managers need to select one alternative fuel to meet all their needs is beginning to fade.
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