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October 10, 2012 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Colorado Mountain Express Saves with All-Propane Vans

Edwards, Colo.-based Colorado Mountain Express is publicizing its foray into alternative fuels via Roush CleanTech, as CME has added four Ford E-350 vans with dedicated-propane fuel systems by Roush to an existing fleet of some 250 vehicles.

Edwards, Colo.-based Colorado Mountain Express has augmented a fleet of some 250 vans, four-wheel drive SUVs, and executive vans with four dedicated-propane autogas Ford E-350 vehicles with Roush CleanTech fuel systems.

“CME has been through years of testing alternative fuel vehicles and we’re now ready to speak about our satisfaction with the performance of propane autogas,” said CME VP and GM Robert Tschupp says in a Roush release.

CME’s four 15-passenger Roush CleanTech propane autogas powered Ford E-350 vans have been serving Vail resorts during the past year while the company has been evaluating performance and savings, Roush said, noting that “CME’s price for propane autogas averages $1.72 per gallon, compared to the current average cost for gasoline at $3.80 per gallon in the area.”

$18,600 Saved Saved Over Each Van’s Life

One of four dedicated-propane Roush CleanTech-modified Ford E-350 vans for Colorado Mountain Express.

“Propane autogas has become the alternative fuel of choice for the shared-ride industry,” said Tschupp. “This domestic fuel is not only more economical than gasoline, its clean-burning properties work to preserve the pristine environment in which we live and work – something that is extremely important to our company.” CME specializes in luxury transportation to such Colorado resort destinations as Aspen and Vail.

According to Roush, Tschupp reckons that each van is saving CME more than $18,600 at the pump and emitting 42,689 less pounds of carbon dioxide during a 160,000-mile vehicle life expectancy.

Roush says that CME worked with Ferrellgas to find publically accessible fueling. “The fact that propane autogas has such a strong refueling network already in place was appealing to us when we weighed this alternative option against other clean fuels,” Tschupp says in the Roush release.

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Source: Rousd CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


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