30 Trucks Now Could Grow to 300 in San Juan Basin
Roush CleanTech is talking up plans by ConocoPhillips to convert 30 trucks to propane autogas operation this year “and replace more than 300 more trucks over the next five years with vehicles powered by propane fuel technology.”
The trucks are Ford F-250s and F-350s with 6.2-liter V-8 engines.
The decision follows tests of Roush-powered vehicles since 2011: “thousands of miles in sometimes challenging conditions in northwest New Mexico and southwest Colorado.”
ConocoPhillps tested CNG/compressed natural gas too, but according to a spokesman decided that the dedicated-propane vehicles better fit the fleet’s performance requirements.
Propane autogas will reduce the fleet’s emissions, Roush says, noting such additional benefits as safety, size of the fuel tanks, reduced fuel costs (some 30% less than gasoline), extended maintenance intervals and drivability.
The vehicles will be powered by propane produced in the San Juan basin area, Roush says.
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Source: Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up