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.
The video is the first of a new series talking up the benefits of propane autogas as experienced in real-world fleet operations. Fleets & Fuels readers are getting the first peek.
San Diego MTS officials, PERC notes, “say it was easy to adopt propane autogas into the fleet because there weren’t any additional requirements or equipment needed to allow the company’s maintenance technicians to repair vehicles in existing facilities.”
“It’s almost seamless for us,” says San Diego MTS chief operating officer Bill Spraul.
“The propane system gives us the ability to provide a vehicle that performs almost exactly like all of our other technologies,” he says. “The ease of maintenance is an important part.
“The propane systems,” Spraul says, “do not require an additional equipment or any additional kind of maintenance operation.”
‘What Technology Should Be’
“Our mission is to put service on the street,” says MTS CEO Paul Jablonski.
“We’re using taxpayer dollars,” he says. “We certainly don’t want to invest in some technology that is going to diminish our ability to put service on the street.”
“This is what technology should be.”
MTS officials, PERC says, hope to convert all 215 vehicles in the agency’s small bus fleet within five years.
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Source: PERC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up