Another Alt Fuel Score for AmeriPride: Propane Autogas Trucks
AmeriPride Services is adding more propane autogas trucks to its fleet: 20 Ford F59-chassis walk-in vans with Roush CleanTech fuel systems, Roush said at this week’s NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
“They are ready to expand into different markets,” Roush VP Todd Mouw said in a release. The new trucks for northern California join five propane trucks operated by AmeriPride in Topeka, Kans.
“We’ve been extensively testing fuels and vehicles to find the right area and application that gives us the best environmental and economical benefits,” AmeriPride fleet services manager Banny Allison says in the Roush announcement.
Lower-Cost Fueling Infrastructure
Allison praised propane’s “easy, cost-efficient fueling infrastructure,” and said, “Because of our success in Kansas, we are implementing the same propane autogas vehicles in the Sacramento and Fresno areas.”
AmeriPride has a private autogas station with 1,000-gallon tank at its Topeka facility. “Infrastructure for propane autogas is less expensive than any other alternative fuel, partly due to fewer requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency due to its clean fuel properties,” Roush says: “Propane autogas already has a robust infrastructure, with thousands of public stations across the nation.”
$1.55 per Gallon
Roush says that AmeriPride pays $1.55 per gallon for propane autogas “that, historically, has cost up to 50% less than diesel.”
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Also at this week’s Work Truck Show, California’s Motiv Power Systems said that AmeriPride would be fielding the first six F59-chassis battery electric vehicles with the Motiv All-Electric Powertrain (F&F, March 4).
AmeriPride has CNG/compressed natural gas-powered delivery vehicles, too. (F&F, September 13, 2013).
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Source: Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up