Agencies Receive ‘Top User of Clean-Burning Propane Autogas’ Awards
The Propane Education & Research Council presented propane autogas awards to five fleets at the BusCon Expo in Chicago last month, recognizing the public transportation fleets “for their commitment to improving the environment and health of their communities by adopting the nation’s leading alternative fuel, propane autogas.”
PERC’s “Top User of Clean-Burning Propane Autogas” award winners were the Flint Mass Transportation Authority in Michigan, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Metro Cars (Detroit), Ohio’s Port Columbus International Airport, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County in Kansas.
- Michigan’s Flint MTA operates 72 Roush CleanTech propane autogas-fueled shuttle buses. Each runs for just 13.9¢ per mile as compared to diesel at 42¢ per mile, PERC notes, and “Flint MTA expects to save $70,000 per minibus during their normal lifecycle of 10 years.”
- Cleveland RTA in Ohio operates 20 paratransit shuttle buses fueled by propane autogas with plans to add 40 more by 2015. The buses, which replace aging diesel vehicles, are reducing Cuyahoga County’s carbon footprint by 60%.
Metro Cars in Detroit operates more than 200 propane-autogas-fueled vehicles, including 13 transit buses converted by Icom North America. Metro Cars has fueled with propane autogas since 2007.
- Ohio’s Port Columbus International Airport “operates an active fleet of 25 shuttle buses that run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and more than 1 million miles,” according to a PERC advisory shared with Nineteen run on propane, and the airport is working with Icom to convert six more, “which will complete the transition of the airport’s fleet to all propane-autogas-fueled buses.”
- The Unified Government of Wyandotte County near Kansas City, Kan., operates 15 propane autogas vehicles, including 13 transit buses. The county saves approximately $100,000 in annual fuel costs and displaces more than 50,000 gallons of gasoline annually, PERC says.
“Propane autogas is a proven fuel that fleets trust to reduce emissions and deliver strong fuel savings,” PERC chief business development officer Tucker Perkins said in a release.
The awardees, he said, “are models in the public transportation sector of how propane autogas is improving the economic and environmental well-being of citizens and communities nationwide.”
Separately, organizer Bobit Business Media said it’s ending its consecutive run of BusCon gatherings at Chicago’s Navy Pier, spreading the word that next year’s show will be held September 15-17, 2014 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind.
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Source: PERC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up