General Distributors in Oregon City Is Counting Up the Savings
Seven months after converting ten cargo vans from gasoline to propane autogas-gasoline bi-fuel operation, Oregon’s General Distributors, Inc. reports that greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by better than 20% while the company saved an estimated $10,000 in fuel costs, says vehicle upfitter and fuel provider Blue Star Gas.
“Cost savings and longevity both influenced our decision to switch to propane,” General Distributors CFO Don Lewis says in the Blue Star announcement. “With the low cost of propane autogas, we’ll see payback from our conversion to propane in less than three years.”
The Oregon City-based firm delivers beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages to taverns, gas stations and grocery stores in 11 Oregon counties, Blue Star says. General Distributors operates approximately 50 cargo vehicles, and has converted ten one-ton Chevy vans to propane autogas.
Each General Distributors vehicle logs 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year.
In addition to converting the vans using bi-fuel Prins VSI hardware, Blue Star installed a 1,000-gallon on-site propane autogas fueling tank for the company. Blue Star says it “will assist with future propane autogas vehicle conversions and provide ongoing safety training and technical support.”
‘We’re Saving Money’
“Propane autogas offers low entry and infrastructure costs, a quick ROI and proven emissions reductions,” said Blue Star government relations director Darren Engle. “It will continue to be a very competitive alternative fuel selection for Northwest fleets.”
Thumbs up on performance too: “Despite some initial questions, our drivers reported no difference between the propane autogas-powered vehicles’ performance and the gasoline-fueled vehicles,” said Lewis.
“There’s no loss in horsepower, we know it’s better for the environment, and we’re saving money.”
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Source: Blue Star Gas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up