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PERC Praises Propane Bus Fleets

October 7, 2015 in event, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Seven Operators Honored at BusCon Show in Indianapolis

The Propane Education & Research Council and Metro magazine recognized five transit fleets for their use of propane autogas at September’s BusCon show in Indianapolis. updated October 9

Green fleet operators accept their awards at the BusCon Expo ceremony in Indianapolis.

Ralph Perpetuini of Icom North America accepting the Propane Education & Research Council Green Fleet award on behalf of Herb Mullen of the Inter-County Public Transportation Authority; VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority fleet and facilities VP Gary Glasscock; Brian Donahue of Alliance Autogas accepting on behalf of Groome Transportation VP Chris Groome; Ed Zogleman of Icom North America accepting on behalf of Joseph Moyer of Historic Tours of America; Chelsea Uphaus of Roush CleanTech accepting on behalf of Robert Southall of Lee County Transit; with PERC propane autogas business development director Mike Taylor at right.

“Propane autogas is a leading alternative fuel in the U.S. that enables fleets to reach sustainability goals without burdening tight budgets,” PERC autogas business development director Mike Taylor said in a release.

From the PERC announcement:

  • Groome Transportation (Richmond, Va.) operates in six states and has been using propane autogas since 2010. “Our customers appreciate the value that we place on our business and the environment,” said Chris Groome, vice president of Groome Transportation. “We are achieving a greener fuel initiative while saving on cost.”
  • Historic Tours of America (based in Key West, Fla.) operates 165 converted propane tour vehicles, including trolleys, buses, and Conch Tour Trains in six different cities. The fleet appreciates that clean propane autogas leads to longer engine life and lower total cost of ownership.
  • Inter-County Public Transportation Authority in North Carolina converted 15 vehicles to propane last December, and plans to convert three more in the near future. To date, the fleet has saved more than $30,000 and anticipates reaching its ROI within 12 months of its conversion date.
  • LeeTran (Lee County Transit) in southwest Florida operates five dedicated propane paratransit shuttle buses and has 15 more on order. At today’s fuel prices, the county estimates that it will save $14,000 in fuel costs with propane autogas when compared with diesel, and $25,000 when compared with gasoline, over the life of each vehicle.
  • VIA Metropolitan Transit has been utilizing propane-autogas-powered vehicles in San Antonio since 1992. The fleet currently operates more than 100 dedicated propane-autogas-powered vehicles, including 14 trolleys and 124 vans. Drivers have remarked that the quiet engines are a safety advantage, most notably while passengers board paratransit vans.

“By adopting propane autogas,” Taylor said, “public transportation fleets are reducing harmful emissions, cutting operating costs, and decreasing dependence on foreign oil.

“Clean, American-made propane autogas is a smart alternative fuel decision for many fleets.”

Bobit Business Media’s BusCon 2016 will take place, again at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, September 19-21, 2016.

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Source: PERC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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