Roush-Powered Ford E-450s with Sharp Energy for Fuel
Delaware Transit Corp has cut the ribbon on a Sharp Energy propane autogas fueling station in New Castle that’s to support 130 vehicles for its Dart paratransit operation, the Delaware Department of Transportation reports. DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan did the honors at a ceremony this past Wednesday, August 3. updated August 10
Sharp is also to provide technical and maintenance support.
The agency purchased 50 propane vehicles for Dart this year following a two-year pilot program involving five, and said it will buy 75 more by 2018 for a total of 130 – “almost half the fleet.”
A 450,000-Mile Pilot
The Ford E-450 vehicles have 6.8-liter V-10 engines with Roush CleanTech fuel systems.
“Our first five propane-fueled buses collectively traveled 450,000 miles with no fuel system-related failures, and saved $15,000 in fuel costs alone,” Delaware Transit Corp CEO John Sisson, said in a release.
‘An Easy Decision’
“That, combined with the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, made it an easy decision to expand the propane program with our new private fuel stations and 130 buses by 2018.”
DTC says it currently pays 78¢ per gallon for propane autogas compared with $1.75 for gasoline.
“The use of cleaner-burning fuels is a sound investment that saves energy costs, reduces harmful emissions, and improves public health and our environment,” Delaware Governor Jack Markell said in a DelDOT release.
800 Roush Propane Paratransit Vehicles
Roush CleanTech has deployed almost 11,000 propane autogas with fleets across America. Of those, about 800 operate in the transit industry.
The Roush Ford E-450 bus has completed FTA Altoona and is certified for sale in all 50 states by the California Air Resources Board and Environmental Protection Agency.
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Source: Dart Transit/DelDOT with Fleets & Fuels follow-up