The Case Has Been Made in School Buses: 10,000-Plus Vehicles
Roush CleanTech promoted the potential for propane autogas for medium duty vehicles at last week’s ACT Expo.
“Propane has traditionally been viewed as a light duty fuel for light duty vehicles,” said sales VP Todd Mouw.
“We’re dispelling that myth,” he told F&F, noting both a 33,000-pound GVW Ford box truck and a Class 5 Bimbo’s bakery truck on show by PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council.
‘Tried and True’
Noting that the medium duty power train is already operating in approximately 10,000 school buses around the country, he added, “So when people ask us if it is tried and true, the answer is that we have got that power train in many box trucks but also in a ton of school buses racking up 300 million miles of really good data.”
Mouw said that the company started in light duty six or seven years ago, “but there wasn’t enough impetus for our customers, unless they were a very high mileage fleet, to justify that kind of investment. So that transition to Class 4 through 7 in school buses has been really good for us.”
‘Best Bang for Your Dollar’
“We’re excited about it,” he said. “We’re trying to get this market, specifically in California, to recognize how good propane and our technology really is.”
“Not that hydrogen, electric or natural gas is bad, but when you talk about return on investment and best bang for your dollar with emissions reductions, propane plays pretty nicely in that space.”
ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.