‘We Are Paying About 50¢ Per Gallon for Propane Autogas,’
Agency Plans to Switch Entire Paratransit Fleet in Five Years
Fort Myers, Fla.-based LeeTran now operates 20 paratransit vehicles on 100% propane autogas, comprising some 45% of its fleet, and according to fuel system supplier Roush CleanTech plans to switch entirely to propane within five years.
“Currently, we are paying about 50¢ per gallon for propane autogas compared to about $1.46 for diesel, which is on the rise,” LeeTran maintenance manager Robert Southall says in a Roush release.
Each of the agency’s Passport shuttles, which travel about 30,000 miles per year, is built on the Ford E-450chassis with 6.8-liter V-10 engine, and is equipped with a Roush CleanTech propane autogas fuel system with extended-range, 64-usable-gallon fuel tank.
No Compromise on Range
“LeeTran wanted to reduce its emissions and operating cost without compromising range for its paratransit fleet,” said Roush CleanTech sales and marketing VP Todd Mouw.
“Our extended range fuel tank on the E-450 is exactly what the agency was looking for,” he said.
By fueling with propane autogas, LeeTran is eliminating 1.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide over the shuttles’ lifetime, compared to conventionally fueled counterparts, Roush says.
Altoona Testing Completed
Roush notes that its Ford E-450 shuttle bus has completed Federal Transit Administration Altoona testing, and is certified for sale in all 50 states by the California Air Resources Board and U.S. EPA. LeeTran secured FTA funding to cover 85% of its total bus purchase, Roush says.
The Lee County agency provides approximately 4 million rides per year, including more than 100,000 passenger trips through its Passport paratransit service. The propane autogas paratransit shuttles are used for shared-ride, advanced reservation trips for persons with disabilities who are unable to use regular fixed route public transportation.
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Source: Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up