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February 1, 2013 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

That’s for Just Two Vans Operated by Berres Brothers

Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters expects to save about $10,000 per year after adding just two propane autogas vans, with vehicle conversions and fueling through Alliance AutoGas partner Charter Fuels.

Wisconsin’€™s Berres Brothers Coffee expects to save $10,000 per year on fuel with just two new propane autogas vans. Owner Pete Berres and Josh Budworth of Charter Fuels (right) are pictured here.

The Watertown, Wisc.-based coffee company will displace approximately 6,667 gallons of gasoline with the propane vehicles, says an Alliance AutoGas release.

“We’re converting fleet vehicles to propane autogas because it’s significantly cleaner than gasoline, while also being cost-effective to implement,” Greg Beranek of Berres Brothers says in the announcement.

“We plan to switch additional vehicles to autogas as older ones retire,” Beranek said. “Berres Brothers is committed to leading the coffee roasting industry in Wisconsin and the Midwest in environmental responsibility.”

Prins Bi-Fuel, Eight More Vans to Be Converted

Lancaster, Wisc.-based propane retailer Charter Fuels is coordinating vehicle conversions, fueling, staff training and support.

“Not only will Berres Brothers save around $10,000 in fuel costs with these two autogas vans over the next year, their savings will be even greater with the newly re-instated 50-cents-per-gallon federal alternative fuel tax credit,” said Josh Budworth of Charter.

“We already have autogas fueling infrastructure in place for Berres Brothers, and will continue working with them to convert the rest of their 10-vehicle fleet,” he said.

The coffee vans have Prins bi-fuel propane-gasoline conversions, Budworth told F&F.

Berres Brothers offers more than 100 types of specialty coffees, roasted fresh daily. The firm is a participant in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Green Tier.

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Source: Alliance AutoGas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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