‘The First Tow Trucks to Go Propane in the U.S.’
To Be Celebrated at Earth Day Event in Cromwell
Connecticut’s West Hartford AAA claims a nationwide first as it has begun deploying propane autogas-fueled service trucks. The vehicles have Icom North America propane-gasoline bi-fuel systems installed by Cusson Automotive in South Windsor, Conn.
“It’s not only the first AAA fleet but the first tow trucks to go propane in the U.S. as well,” says West Hartford AAA manager Glenn Chamberland.
Five propane trucks are in service now with a total of a dozen planned by year-end. By the end of 2017, the entire West Hartford AAA fleet of 28 vehicles will be propane-powered, Chamberland told F&F.
Ford F-Series Trucks
The West Hartford AAA fleet is comprised primarily of Ford F-250 trucks with the 6.2-liter V-8 engine. The first propane-fueled tow truck based on the Ford F-450 chassis, with 6.8-liter V-10, will be introduced this summer.
West Hartford AAA will phase out its existing Dodge and Hino flatbeds in favor of Ford F-650s next year, Chamberland says.
The fleet logs from 1.4 million to 1.6 million miles per year, he adds, noting that West Hartford AAA is currently paying $1.21 per gallon for propane autogas. CNG/compressed natural gas is current going for about $2.42 per gallon in the area, he says.
Hocon Gas Supplies the Fuel
Hocon Gas, which has half a dozen Connecticut locations and operates its own fleet of propane-powered service trucks, is supplying the propane autogas fuel. Hocon and Cusson jointly support regional school bus and commercial fleets (F&F, June 23, 2015).
West Hartford AAA will show off its propane trucks at an Earth Day celebration starting at 10:00am on April 22 at the AAA facility in Cromwell, Conn., south of Hartford.
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Source: Hocon Gas & West Hartford AAA with F&F follow-up