Both Dedicated-Propane Autogas and Bi-Fuel for Metro Link Vehicles
Icom North America is supplying its JTG II brand propane-gasoline bi-fuel and dedicated-propane Mono-Fuel Liquid brand systems for Metro Link brand shuttle buses offered by Winnebago Industries under a new initiative called “Green Go.”
“The partnership, in conjunction with Winnebago Metro Link North American master distributor Metro Worldwide,” Icom says, “will allow work-ready, alternatively fueled buses to be delivered direct to dealers and end users.
“Metro Worldwide will also offer Icom liquid propane autogas conversions for existing bus fleets,” Icom adds, “as well as full-line sales, service, installation and warranty services.”
Up to 50% Fuel Savings, or More
“Propane autogas is the perfect alternative fuel for this industry,” Icom North America chairman Albert Venezio says in his company’s announcement. “It can reduce exhaust emissions by up to 50% compared with gasoline and even more compared with diesel.
“When purchased as a fleet fuel solution, it usually offers 30% to 50% fuel cost savings when compared with gasoline, and even more compared with diesel,” Venezio said.
Winnebago notes that propane, also known a liquefied petroleum gas, is stored onboard vehicles in tanks with a maximum pressure of 312 pounds per square inch, compared with 3,600 psi for CNG/compressed natural gas.
ROI Said Less than a Year
Winnebago notes too that Icom has more than 12,000 systems in use in North America, “including approximately 1,000 units on the EPA-certified system for the Ford V-10” engine, and that “many vehicles utilizing the Icom system have achieved over 500,000 miles.”
Winnebago states that with an average fuel price of $1.95 per gallon for propane, “Your return on investment is under twelve months.
“With a fleet of ten units you would save $104,985 per year in fuel costs alone,” states Winnebago’s Go Green announcement.
The manufacture notes that when a vehicle is being sold or taken out of a fleet, the Icom system can be removed and installed in a similar vehicle. The fuel tanks have a 15-year life. The Winnebago manufacturer warranty stays in effect and the Icom system itself has a two-year/70,000-mile limited warranty.
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Source: Icom North America & Winnebago with Fleets & Fuels follow-up