Third in Series of Videos Focuses on ThyssenKrupp Elevator
Propane autogas fuels more than 70 vehicles operated by ThyssenKrupp Elevator in five states, displacing some 2,000 gallons of gasoline per vehicle, per year, says fleet manager Tom Armstrong. He makes the case for propane autogas in the third 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 third of the PERC Straight Talk
videos being debuted weekly by Fleets & Fuels
ThyssenKrupp Elevator is the largest producer of elevators in the Americas and one of the leading elevator companies globally, and “is an industry leader in sustainable vertical transportation,” says PERC.
The company began evaluating alterative fuels in 2010 and has picked propane autogas, Armstrong says, for “five Cs” – it’s clean, enables conservation, is cost-effective, makes common sense, and is something his firm could commit to.
“The propane autogas price per gallon doesn’t really flow with the market, with the ups and downs that you see with gas and diesel,” Armstrong says. “It maintains a more steady line.”
300 Propane Vehicles by Next Year
ThyssenKrupp currently operates 65 Roush CleanTech Ford E-series vans, seven F-series pickup trucks and most recently two F-650 stake bed trucks in Phoenix, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, and Detroit.
The ThyssenKrupp propane autogas fleet displaces about 2,000 gallons of gasoline per vehicle each year, saving $4,152 per vehicle in fuel costs.
ThyssenKrupp Elevator will continue to add new vehicles and markets with the goal of operating 10% of its entire fleet on propane autogas by 2015 – about 300 vehicles, Armstrong says. Target markets include Dallas, Sacramento, and San Francisco.
Armstrong has been fleet manager with ThyssenKrupp for more than 12 years. In 2011, he was named to Green Fleet magazine’s “Sustainability All-Stars” list for his company’s efforts to reduce emissions with alternative fuels.
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SOURCE: Propane Education & Research Council with Fleets & Fuels follow-up