Low Price of Oil Is in No Way a Show-Stopper, Says Donaldson,
Who Maintains that Propane Autogas Is in Better Shape Than Ever
The unexpectedly persistent low price of oil punctuates every conversation in the world of alternative fuels in these early days of 2015 – but alternative fuels march on, as exemplified by busy times for propane autogas at CleanFuel USA, says CEO Curtis Donaldson.
CleanFuel USA provides both vehicle upfit services and fueling station equipment installations, and has been a key participant in the development of new medium duty propane autogas vehicles.
The current low price of oil is a “small blip,” Donaldson says: “Fleets are smart enough to know that what goes down is going to come back up, because it always does.”
More Choices for Fleets
What’s different this time, he told F&F, is that propane autogas is a more attractive proposition than ever, with more and heavier vehicles available to fleet operators.
The new S2G truck chassis by Freightliner Customer Chassis Corp and the Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus boast propane autogas fuel systems from CleanFuel USA (both FCCC and Thomas Built are Daimler companies).
CleanFuel USA supplies the liquid propane injection fuel system for the vehicles’ 8.0-liter engine by Powertrain Integration, including fuel rails, lines, tank package with fuel pump, and control module.
Beyond the Bobtail
“We are ecstatic that the S2G and C2 are in full production, as demand is strong in the fleet industry for propane-powered solutions that meet these two vehicles’ market needs,” Donaldson said in a release this past summer (F&F, July 16, 2014).
He notes that FCCC has now taken the S2G chassis beyond the bobtail truck for propane supply to the wider world of box trucks for general merchandise delivery.
“Propane’s everywhere. It’s in every town,” Donaldson says. “It’s a liquid fuel, it’s mobile, and the cost of infrastructure is relatively the same as gasoline or diesel infrastructure.”
eConnect and Mass Flow Metering
“We’re shipping skid packages to California today,” Donaldson said this past Thursday.
In addition to seeing the two new vehicles launch, CleanFuel USA last year added Endress+Hauser mass flow meter technology as a standard feature its propane autogas dispensers (F&F, October 28), and prior to that a networked fuel dispensing system dubbed eConnect (F&F, April 14, 2014).
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Source: Fleets & Fuels interview with CleanFuel USA