Baltimore Firm Targets 60 Propane Vehicles, Says Roush,
‘Delivers Bread and Sustainability with Alt Fuel Vehicles’
Baltimore-based H&S Bakery has unveiled Ford F-59 chassis delivery trucks with dedicated-propane autogas fuel systems by Roush CleanTech. The initial deployment is 16 vehicles. “Over the next two years,” Roush says, “H&S aims to operate about 10% of their current 600-vehicle fleet with propane autogas.” updated December 23
“We want our customers and community to know that we are investing in them and working hard to meet our sustainability goals,” said H&S transportation and logistics VP Chuck Paterakis says in a Roush release.
“With propane autogas, we’re doing just that with a domestically produced fuel that lowers emissions across our delivery area.”
The H&S autogas fleet will reduce carbon monoxide emissions by 60%, nitrogen oxide by 20% and greenhouse gases by up to 25% compared to gasoline, Roush says. The vehicles were funded in part by a Maryland Clean Cities Coalition grant from the Maryland Energy Administration.
“Over its lifetime, each of H&S Bakery’s CleanTech Ford F-59 trucks will eliminate about 117,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the company’s carbon footprint,” Roush says.
H&S has installed a private fueling station that includes an 18,000-gallon underground propane tank.
‘Economic, Environmental and Competitive Advantage’
“Propane autogas provides an economic, environmental and competitive advantage,” said sales and marketing VP Todd Mouw. “With the adoption of autogas, H&S reduces fuel and maintenance costs, and helps lessen Maryland’s reliance on imported oil.”
Roush, H&S, and propane provider AmeriGas celebrated the clean fleet deployment with a key handoff, fueling demonstration, and a speech from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
In addition to the initial 16 propane trucks for H&S, three are on order for delivery this coming spring, says fleet manager John Sfakianos of the bakery’s Northeast Foods affiliate. The firm plans to convert all 46 trucks at the Baltimore location to propane within 24 months, says Roush VP Todd Mouw.
Northeast Foods has also committed to compressed natural gas as a vehicle fuel, leasing 25 CNG-fueled Freightliner Cascadia trucks from Ryder System to be fueled at a Gain Clean Fuel CNG station (F&F, September 9).
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Source: Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up