The Go Group, which claims to be the world’s largest airport shuttle provider, says that while the shared-ride transportation it provides “is inherently eco-friendly,” some of its member companies are going further by investing in alternative fuels.
Go Shuttle Express in Seattle has 43 propane-fueled vehicles, the parent firm says. Go Shuttle Express has both dedicated-propane vans with Roush Cleantech systems, and bi-fuel vans with Icom North America systems installed by Seattle-based World CNG.
Go Shuttle Express president J.R. Rowley says he switched to the Icom system because of the available 55-gallon propane fuel tank, bi-fuel flexibility, and fuel redundancy. The Icom bi-fuel vans have range enough for a driver to get through an entire shift without refueling. Counting gasoline, that range is about 700 miles – but with savings of about $2 per gallon using propane, the Seattle operation avoids using any gasoline at all.
In San Francisco, Go Lorries has converted 16 Ford E-350 vans to CNG, and will have a total of 28 by May.
All of the San Francisco vans are being upfitted using BAF kits by A-1 Alternative Fuel Systems in Fresno.
As of December, Go Riteway Transportation Group in Milwaukee has switched 21 of its airport vans to Roush propane (F&F, November 28).
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