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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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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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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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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 Using CNG, RNG for San Diego Buses

October 14, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs, propane autogas, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Maintenance Capability at Love’s-Trillium Station to Support 120 Buses,
Agency Is a Pioneering User of RNG and the New ISL G Near Zero Engine

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has brought enhanced compressed natural gas bus capability to its East County area, opening a new bus operation and maintenance center at El Cajon, site of an existing Trillium CNG fueling station.
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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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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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