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AmeriGas Adding 50 Autogas Ford F-550s

April 8, 2015 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Roush CleanTech Says Details to Be Released at NGPA in Atlanta

Roush CleanTech said this morning that AmeriGas Propane, the nation’s largest retail propane supplier, is more than doubling its propane autogas fleet with the purchase of 50 Ford F-550 trucks, equipped with cranes for propane tank delivery.
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Clean Cities 2015 Buyers Guide

February 19, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Biofuels, CNG, Electric Drive, Hybrids, Hydrogen, NGVs, Propane, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Unbiased Source of Information for Evaluating Alt Fuel Vehicle Options’

The Clean Cities 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide is now available online and for order at no charge through the EERE Publication and Product Library.

The 40-page Clean Cities 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide is free online.

The 40-page Clean Cities 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide is free online. Click the image and the PDF is yours.

The 40-page publication has information on biofuels and electric vehicles, as well as hydrogen, natural gas and propane autogas, from both OEMs and upfitters.

The 2015 model year features nearly 200 AFV and hybrid electric vehicle models, including more than 80 flex-fuel vehicles, states a Clean Cities blog entry.

‘Model-Specific’

“This guide provides model-specific information such as vehicle specifications, manufacturer suggested retail price, fuel economy, energy impact, and emissions,” Clean Cities says.

“Drivers can use the information to identify options, compare vehicles, and make more informed purchase decisions.”

There are now approximately 20 million light-duty AFVs on American roads, Clean Cities says.

An alternative to the printed Guide is the Clean Cities is the Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Search tool, which also covers medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

Direct link to the 2015 Guide (PDF file)


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Source: DoE Clean Cities with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

CleanFuel USA: Propane Autogas

February 16, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Companies, Infrastructure, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Low Price of Oil Is in No Way a Show-Stopper, Says Donaldson,
Who Maintains that Propane Autogas Is in Better Shape Than Ever

The unexpectedly persistent low price of oil punctuates every conversation in the world of alternative fuels in these early days of 2015 – but alternative fuels march on, as exemplified by busy times for propane autogas at CleanFuel USA, says CEO Curtis Donaldson.
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Autogas: PERC Likes the Look of 2015

January 30, 2015 in Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Supply Strong, Prices Low, Vehicles On Hand to Challenge Diesel

It ought to be a very good year for propane autogas, says Tucker Perkins, chief business development officer of the Propane Education & Research Council: prices are low, last year’s supply bottlenecks are but a memory, and new vehicles are available to challenge diesel.
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Arkansas Offers Gaseous Fuel Rebates

January 19, 2015 in CNG, Infrastructure, money available, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$1.3 Million for Alt Fuels: Both Natural Gas and Propane

The focus is on fueling as Arkansas Energy Office has reopened the state’s Gaseous Fuels Rebate Program with a total of $1,315,000 in rebates for natural gas and propane infrastructure.

The Arkansas Energy Office administers the Arkansas Gaseous Fuels Rebate Program.

The Arkansas Energy Office administers the Arkansas Gaseous Fuels Rebate Program.

Approximately $1.2 million will new fueling stations or the retrofit of existing stations to provide public access to compressed natural gas, LNG/liquefied natural gas, or LPG/liquefied petroleum gas, aka propane autogas.

“Up to three rebates will be offered to stations located in areas with a high population density that are accessible to the public,” AEO says. The goals are to

  • develop the fueling infrastructure for various alternative fuels;
  • provide an incentive for the purchase of clean alternative fuel vehicles;
  • provide an incentive for the conversion of vehicles to a clean alternative fuel using certified or approved conversion systems; and
  • reduce emissions from motor vehicles and improve air quality.

ARcleancitiesOn the vehicle side, Arkansas fleet operators and residents are eligible for lesser of 50% of the conversion/incremental cost or $4,500 per vehicle for CNG or propane upfits or new vehicle purchases. A total of $115,000 has been allocated through the Clean Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program part of the Gaseous Fuels Rebate Program.

Program Initially Authorized in 2013

“It is estimated that about 25 vehicles will be eligible for the rebates,” AOE says, “available on a first-come, first-served basis.”

The Arkansas Energy Office functions as a division of the a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. The agency’s Arkansas Gaseous Fuels Rebate Program, authorized by the state legislature in 2013, “supports the continued development of a publicly accessible, statewide network of alternative fuel filling stations and incentives for the purchase/conversion of fleet vehicles to clean-burning fuels.”

Applications for the fueling infrastructure awards must be submitted to AEO via registered mail, postmarked no later than Friday, February 27.


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Source: Arkansas Energy Office with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Roush Reports Ford 6.8-Liter CARB Nod

January 13, 2015 in certifications, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Certification Paves the Way for Retrofit Sales in All 50 States

Roush CleanTech reports California Air Resources Board certification for the retrofit of all Ford 6.8-liter engine-powered, model year 2012 to 2015 vehicles to propane autogas – and says it’s the first company to receive such approval.
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Roush Propane for 16 H&S Bakery Trucks

December 22, 2014 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Baltimore Firm Targets 60 Propane Vehicles, Says Roush,
‘Delivers Bread and Sustainability with Alt Fuel Vehicles’

Baltimore-based H&S Bakery has unveiled Ford F-59 chassis delivery trucks with dedicated-propane autogas fuel systems by Roush CleanTech. The initial deployment is 16 vehicles. “Over the next two years,” Roush says, “H&S aims to operate about 10% of their current 600-vehicle fleet with propane autogas.” updated December 23
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Blossman for Staubli Autogas Nozzles

December 9, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, New Products, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

UL-Certified GPV14 LPG Unit for the U.S. and Canada

Blossman Services says that it’s now the sole North American distributor of Staubli’s UL-certified GPV14 LPG nozzle for propane autogas vehicle fueling. Blossman handles equipment supply for the Alliance AutoGas network.

Just like fueling with gasoline: Staubli's UL-certified GPV14 LPG propane autogas nozzle features quick auto-connect and ‘80% faster fueling compared to natural gas and diesel,’ says Blossman Services, now its exclusive distributor for North America.

Just like fueling with gasoline: Staubli’s UL-certified GPV14 LPG propane autogas nozzle features quick auto-connect and ‘80% faster fueling compared to natural gas and diesel,’ says Blossman Services, now its exclusive distributor for North America.

The Staubli nozzle is lightweight, ergonomic, “and as easy to use as a standard gasoline nozzle,” Blossman says. It is designed for “completely safe maneuverability,” with automatic operation that minimizes the risk of mishandling.

Features of the Staubli nozzle include quick auto-connect, 80% faster fueling compared to natural gas and diesel, auto shut-off at 80% capacity, “and an auto-disconnect that stops the flow of propane should you drive off while still connected.”

‘A Huge Difference’

In addition, Blossman says, no gloves or protective eyewear are required when using the nozzle. “The quick connect technology brings autogas refueling into the modern age at the fuel pump,” the company says.

“It’s a huge difference in what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like to the user,” Propane Education & Research Council chief business development officer Tucker Perkins says in a Blossman release.


No Gloves, No Goggles

“No gas comes from the nozzle unless it’s connected,” Perkins says, “and when you release the nozzle handle another feature becomes evident: a fugitive emissions reduction of almost 80% with every vehicle refueling stop. No longer are gloves required; no longer are goggles required. It’s a very positive experience.”

“The fleets associated with Alliance AutoGas will now have the security that vehicle operators will be using the safest autogas nozzle in the world – the Staubli, which emits only .4 ccs of fuel, a reduction of 1.5cc, when disconnecting,” said Alliance AutoGas president Stuart Weidie.


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Source: Blossman Services with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

More FCCC Propane S2G Truck Variants

December 2, 2014 in Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Bobtails and Buses Being Followed by Beverage and Vocational Options

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp is offering more variants of its dedicated-propane S2G model, adding beverage bodies and boxes to its bobtails for propane delivery companies.
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Argonne Evaluates Propane Bus Fleets

November 24, 2014 in Propane, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Finds 50% Cost-per-Mile Reductions for Some, But Challenges Too

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has released a study that examines five school bus fleets that are successfully using propane autogas to fuel buses.


This case study highlights five school districts that used propane-fueled school buses successfully.

The case study highlights five school districts that used propane-fueled school buses successfully.

“The case study describes how some of the school districts saved nearly 50% on a cost per mile basis for fuel and maintenance relative to diesel, in addition to seeing a variety of other environmental and social benefits,” states an Argonne summary.

AFLEET Applied

The study “describes both the benefits and challenges of deploying propane in school bus fleets,” states a release. Argonne used the AFLEET – Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation – tool developed for DoE’s Clean Cities program (F&F, November 7, 2013) to evaluate the vehicles’’ performance.

The fleets examined are

  • Alvin Independent School District in Texas: 28 buses;
  • Dallas County Schools: 10 buses;
  • Northside ISD (Texas): 59 buses;
  • Ysleta ISD (Texas): 8 buses; and
  • Gloucester County Schools (Virginia): 5 buses.

The results showed payback periods ranging from three to eight years. The study also found “that propane school buses exhibited a smaller fuel efficiency penalty relative to diesel buses than typically expected.”


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Source: Argonne National Lab with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

PERC Lauds Alpha’s Autogas Fleet

November 6, 2014 in Companies, Education, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Roush CleanTech Autogas Gear for 22 Ford E-450 Bakery Trucks

The Propane Education & Research Council honored Chicago’s Alpha Baking for the firm’s 22 propane autogas-fueled, Ford E450-based delivery trucks that handle Alpha’s “iconic” S. Rosen’s bread brand. The Alpha-Rosen’s fleet was deployed in 2012 and is managed by Penske (F&F, June 16, 2013).

‘The right thing to do,’ says Alpha Baking VP and logistics director Bob McGuire.

‘It was the right thing to do,’ says Alpha Baking VP and logistics director Bob McGuire.

“Alpha Baking has proven to be an alternative fuel leader in both its community and nationwide,” PERC business development boss Tucker Perkins said in a release. “The bakery’s investment in propane autogas embodies how fleets across the U.S. can implement green practices in an economic and practical way.”

Since making the switch from diesel to propane autogas, Alpha has reduced harmful emissions by 50%, PERC says.

‘It’s Efficient, and It Keeps Our Communities Clean’

“Alpha Baking’s primary reason for adopting propane autogas was because it was the right thing to do,” Alpha Baking VP and logistics director Bob McGuire says in the PERC announcement.


“Propane autogas reduces harmful emissions, it’s made in the U.S., it reduces our dependency on foreign oil, it’s efficient, and it keeps our communities clean,” McGuire said. “Choosing vehicles that run on American-made propane autogas has also allowed us to lower fuel costs without sacrificing performance.”

PERC presented its Propane Autogas Green Fleet Award to Alpha at the annual Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Schaumburg, Ill. late last month.


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Source: Propane Education & Research Council with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Roush Propane F-550s for Nestlé

November 6, 2014 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Five Autogas Vehicles for Beverage Delivery in Los Angeles

Roush CleanTech and Nestlé Waters North America are kicking off deployment of five propane autogas Ford F-550 trucks to deliver Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water in Los Angeles.
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New PERC Propane Video Series

October 29, 2014 in Education, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Clean American Innovation’ Emphasizes Technology in Production

The Propane Education & Research Council this week launched a new series of videos: the Clean American Innovation spots feature interviews with leading U.S. equipment manufacturers, all highlighting their investment in developing and commercializing new propane autogas technologies.
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CleanFuel USA Offers Propane Mass Flow

October 28, 2014 in New Products, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Endress+Hauser Metering a New Option in Autogas Dispensers

CleanFuel USA said today that it now offers mass flow meter technology in its propane autogas dispensers. The announcement was made at the  World LP Gas Forum in Miami.

“The United States lags behind in meter technology adoption and CleanFuel USA is shifting that with our offering of the mass flow meter and its vast benefits, a game-changer for fleets considering or already utilizing propane autogas,” CleanFuel USA founder and managing partner Curtis Donaldson said in a release.


CleanFuel USA is now offering Endress+Hauser mass flow metering in its propane autogas dispensers.

CleanFuel USA is now offering Endress+Hauser mass flow metering in its propane autogas dispensers.

The Endress+Hauser meters feature no moving parts, greatly reduced maintenance, remote diagnostics and lifetime calibration, CleanFuel USA says. They are available in all of the firm’s propane autogas fueling dispensers, including the P2000, 6000 and 7000 series.

A First for America, Says CleanFuel USA

“The meter offers 99.9% accuracy, as opposed to the 96 to 98% accuracy offered by other metering options, and a flow rate of 0 to 108 gallons per minute,” states the CleanFuel USA announcement.

“We heard often from our global customers how the mass flow meter was improving their operations and bottom line, and we are pleased to meet that international demand, and to bring mass flow meters in propane autogas dispensing to America for the first time,” Donaldson said.


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Source: CleanFuel USA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Roush CleanTech for Asplundh F-650s

October 28, 2014 in Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vegetation Management Specialist Has Propane Autogas Trucks

Roush CleanTech is spreading the word that Asplundh, an international provider of vegetation management services to utilities and municipalities, is deploying propane autogas-fueled work trucks and is one of the first in its industry to do so.
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Icom Opens Propane Autogas Center

October 16, 2014 in Companies, Education, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Next Logical Step to Make it Easier for Fleets to Transition’

Icom North America has opened its new Icom Technology and Training Center, “dedicated to development, integration, upfitting and training for its bi-fuel and mono-fuel liquid propane autogas injection systems,” in New Hudson, Mich.
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Roush Propane 450s for Cleveland RTA

October 14, 2014 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ohio’s First Autogas-Fueled Paratransit Buses, GAS Upfits,
‘Agency Will Recoup Its Investment in Just Over One Year’

Roush CleanTech is talking up the Ohio’s first propane autogas-fueled paratransit buses, as RTA, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has purchased 20 Ford E-450 chassis vehicles.
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