Roush Touts First FedEx Ground Vehicle
Fueled by Propane Autogas,
It’s First Alt Fuel Truck for Lancaster, N.Y. Contractor Chase Delivery
Roush CleanTech unveiled the first propane autogas vehicle for FedEx Ground at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The Ford F-59 strip chassis truck will be operated by contractor Chase Delivery on a high mileage route in Buffalo, N.Y.
CEO Jon Chase estimates that his Lancaster-based outfit will save more than $25,000 over the lifetime of the truck, Roush says – a less-than-three-years return on investment.
“The wear and tear of propane autogas engines is significantly less than conventional fuel engines,” Chase says in the Roush announcement. “For anyone interested in reducing both fuel and maintenance costs, propane autogas is the way to go.”
Chase told F&F that he expects to deploy additional alt fuel vehicles, and is interested in Ford’s expanded line of Transit vans. The Chase Delivery fleet numbers about 30 vehicles, he says.
The new delivery truck has a 65-gallon fuel tank and will lower carbon dioxide emissions by about 105,000 pounds over the lifetime of its operation compared to gasoline-powered counterparts, Roush says.
Same Power and Torque
“We continue to invest in our foundation: the technology, supply chain, products and field service that make it seamless for our customers to transition to propane autogas,” Roush CleanTech sales and marketing VP Todd Mouw says in the Chase release.
“Our technology provides the same power and torque without compromising Ford warranty that our business partners require to get the job done,” he said. “Couple this with the fact that propane autogas is clean burning, lower cost and domestically produced, and you see why leading government, school bus and private fleets are making this change.”
Roush says that while Chase currently fuels at a local public station, he plans to install a private station as he increases his propane autogas fleet.
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Source: Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up