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PERC Straight Talk: AAustin Express

February 18, 2014 in Education, PERC Straight Talk, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  Comments Off on PERC Straight Talk: AAustin Express

Fifth in Series of Videos Focuses on Michigan Transportation Company

Operations VP Adam McCloe of Michigan’s AAustin Express and GM Freight explains why the company has converted 90 of its 175 vehicles to propane autogas in the fifth of a series of “Straight Talk” videos, freely accessible on the web, prepared by the Propane Education & Research Council extolling the use of propane autogas for fleet vehicles of different types.

This is the fifth of the PERC Straight Talk
videos being debuted weekly by Fleets & Fuels

GM Freight / AAustin Express has converted 90 of its 175 vehicles to propane autogas using Icom North America’s liquid injection system.

GM Freight / AAustin Express has converted 90 of its 175 vehicles to propane autogas using Icom North America’s liquid injection system.

“With propane autogas, our ROI on conversions is approximately seven to eight months,” McCloe says. “We’re saving $3,425.00 a day.”

GM Freight/AAustin Express looked at compressed natural gas, but determined that the large CNG fuel tanks would take up too much space that could be used for cargo. Plus, CNG fueling was not convenient.

AAustin Express/GM Freight VP Adam McCloe

AAustin Express/GM Freight VP Adam McCloe

“Propane was much more easily deployable for us in our fleet,” McCloe says.

‘Aggressive Deployment of Alternative Fuels’

GM Groups’ operations include 18 locations in the Midwest where it employs approximately 300 people and operates vehicle ranging from from small vans to Class 8 trucks, “across the continental United States,” PERC says. AAustin Express was established in 2009 and operates in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Florida.

The company settled on Icom North America’s liquid injection system for its vehicles after testing three others, McCloe says in the PERC Straight Talk video.

McCloe joined AAustin Express in 2007 and has led strategic business advancement projects including fleet-wide telematics, comprehensive fuel saving technologies, “and an aggressive deployment of alternative fuels,” PERC says.

Click here for PERC’s “Straight Talk” Video Series


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SOURCE: Propane Education & Research Council with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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