Willamette Valley Transport Has Five Vans Now, Wants Ten
Willamette Valley Transport expects to save around $18,000 per year on fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions with five new propane autogas vans, states a report affirmed by Alliance AutoGas member Blue Star Gas. With the newly reinstated 50¢-per-gallon federal tax credit, the total rises to about $26,400.
Blue Start is helping the Salem, Ore.-based medical transit service change over to propane with vehicle conversions, fueling, training and ongoing service.
WVT has converted two Ford E-250s and three Chevy Express 3500s to propane, out of a total of ten to be switched.
WVT’s vans travel between 25,000 and 30,000 miles each year, serving Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. “Once all ten vehicles are up and running on autogas, WVT will save an estimated $36,000 annually on fuel costs and an extra $16,800 with the tax credit,” states the businessfleet.com report.
Blue Star installed an on-site autogas fueling station at WVT headquarters and has opened a public autogas fueling location adjacent to the Portland airport which will provide fuel for WVT’s northern fleet, and other fleets in the area. WVT’s propane vans can also fuel at public Blue Star stations in Salem and McMinnville.
Blue Star Gas operates between Northern California and Seattle.
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Source: businessfleet.com with Fleets & Fuels follow-up