155 Propane Autogas Ford F-650 Vehicles for Nestlé Waters,
84 Propane Autogas Ford F59-Chassis Units for Bimbo Bakeries
Roush CleanTech has disclosed orders for 239 new propane autogas trucks: 155 Ford F-650 vehicles for Nestlé Waters North America to be placed in service beginning next month, and 84 F59-chassis vehicles for Bimbo Bakeries for Chicago and Denver (deployed in January) and for Washington, D.C. (beginning this month).
“Becoming a better steward of our environment is a priority for Nestlé Waters,” national fleet manager Bill Ardis says in a Roush release. “We’ve been running propane autogas vehicles since 2014,” Ardis said (F&F, November 6, 2014). “Because of the proven emissions reductions and cost savings, we knew it was the right choice to expand our fleet.”
The new medium-duty delivery trucks will join Nestlé’s existing fleet of 30 propane-powered trucks of the same model, Roush says. “Autogas allows us to operate without compromising standard delivery methods and reduce operational costs,” Ardis said.
More Than Half a Dozen Nestlé Locations
Roush notes that the vehicles will help pare both fuel and maintenance costs.
The trucks for Nestlé Waters have 45 usable-gallon fuel tanks. Mickey Truck Bodies in High Point, N.C. installed side-load beverage bays.
Nestlé Waters uses its propane-fueled trucks in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Milwaukee and Fort Lauderdale, Roush says. Deployments in 2016 will include New York City, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
Fits Environmental Goals While Saving Money
Bimbo began operating 30 Roush propane F59-chassis trucks in Chicago and 27 in Denver in January. The remaining 27 are to begin making deliveries in Washington, D.C. area this month.
“Bimbo Bakeries USA introduced propane autogas vehicles into our Chicago, Denver and Washington, D.C., regions to help accomplish our corporate environmental goals while lowering our bottom line,” senior director of fleet services Gary Maresca says in the Roush announcement.
“This initiative is the latest in our company’s continued effort to reduce our carbon footprint,” he said.
“Bimbo Bakeries seamlessly integrated our fuel system technology into three of its key markets,” said Roush sales and marketing VP Todd Mouw.
“We helped train their technicians on the specifics of servicing our propane autogas Ford F59 trucks,” he said. “These professionals are already familiar with Ford products and value the factory warranty that stands behind each Roush CleanTech vehicle.”
Bimbo installed on-site fueling stations at each location, eliminating the need to fuel at retail stations. Maresca expects to see a reduction in operational costs as a result of the lower fuel prices as well as maintenance savings due to the cleaner-burning properties of the fuel, Roush says, citing a current cost of about $1.30 per gallon of propane autogas compared to $1.80 for gasoline.
“This cost rolls in the expense of the refueling infrastructure,” Roush says, noting that Bimbo “tapped incentives in both Colorado and Maryland to minimize the initial costs.”
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Source: Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up