Westport Weighs in with a Dedicated Propane Ford F-150,
Alliance AutoGas to Convert One to Bi-Fuel Operation On-Site
Proponents of propane autogas as a vehicle fuel are going all out at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis this week. Westport, known best for compressed natural gas, is showing a dedicated-propane Ford F-150. Alliance AutoGas will convert a Ford F-150 to propane-gasoline bi-fuel operation at the show this Thursday morning, March 3.
“Any fleet that covers a substantial amount of miles would have a real-life savings very quickly,” Ed Hoffman, president of Blossman Services, the equipment distributor for Alliance AutoGas, said in a pre-show release.
Alliance AutoGas is promoting its own injection technology utilizing an injector spacing plate. “The bolt-on part allows, at a set position, for the propane to flow into the engine. The ‘plug-and-play’ technology replaces the need for any drilling or cutting of any parts or wires,” the 120-member propane organization says.
PERC Plays Host
“The system does not require any permanent vehicle modifications and can be removed, which is especially convenient for fleet managers who lease vehicles.”
The Propane Education & Research Council is active in Indianapolis too, providing space for propane autogas vehicles at its Work Truck Show booth. These include
- a Ford F59 strip chassis truck with Roush CleanTech fuel technology;
- a Ford F-150 pickup with a Westport WiNG power system in collaboration with CleanFuel USA; and
- a Ford F-250 with an Icom North America alternative fuel system.
“From the time of purchase to the retirement of a vehicle, using propane autogas shows its advantages through less time spent on maintenance, reduced fuel costs, and more time spent on the road,” PERC chief business development officer Tucker Perkins says in his groups NTEA announcement. “In comparison to other fuels, propane has more flexible refueling options and requires no emissions-reduction equipment,” he said.
Perkins is to lead an NTEA Green Truck Summit discussion session titled “The Propane Autogas Advantage: Reduce Your Total Cost of Ownership” early tomorrow morning, Wednesday, March 2.
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Source: PERC and Alliance AutoGas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up