Propane autogas engine technology is at a high point, which is good news for work truck fleet operators seeking to dramatically reduce both emissions and cost and meet sustainability goals. But that’s just some of the equation; it’s important to understand as much as you can about propane autogas—the fuel itself and the all-important question of the cost of the fuel. At the heart of that question are pricing contracts negotiated with a propane provider.
Livonia’s Roush Opens New Facility to Support Theme Park Industry in Orlando
Roush, a product development supplier based in Livonia, announced it is expanding its presence in Orlando by opening a second facility to support the fabrication, assembly, and testing of products for the themed attraction industry. Since 2007, Roush’s entertainment systems group has engineered, designed, and manufactured ride seat systems, show action equipment, animatronic figures, animated props, and service parts for the world’s most popular theme park attractions. Roush opened its Orlando Technical Center in 2018 to house its design, engineering, and project management teams.
It’s not just individual runners who are being more contentious when it comes to this year’s marathon. Streets LA used some electric trucks to set up the barricades along the 26.2-mile route. One of the EV’s is not on the market yet. Streets LA has a pre-production version of a ROUSH CleanTech Ford F650.
As gas prices hold steady at record highs, school divisions across Virginia are replacing diesel-run school buses with buses that rely on alternative fuel. Over at Newport News Public Schools, propane buses make for a quieter ride, a cleaner ride — and lately, a cheaper ride. The division’s transportation director, Shay Coates, said rising gas prices mean diesel buses cost twice as much to fill up as propane buses.
Rising diesel and gasoline prices alongside other inflationary pressures, plus the pressure to cut emissions, could lead more fleets to embrace propane autogas versus other alternative fuels like all-electric, which comes with a bigger price tag. As prices soar at the pump to record levels, President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg continue to endorse electric vehicle adoption as a way to lower transportation costs and cut emissions.
For 15 years, Township High School District 211 in Cook County, Ill., has tracked transportation expenses with the Versatrans Fleetvision platform. Scott Prusko, who oversees school bus maintenance, says the data shows the district saves about $32,000 a year on fuel with its propane-powered buses compared to the diesel vehicles in the fleet.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, but have you started to dig in to understand how this can benefit the alternative fuels industry? There is a lot of money allocated for alternative fuels – and specifically for electric. But there is also money out there for propane and school buses are the main focus.
The route to electrification is now going through the City of Los Angeles. The month the city’s Bureau of Street Services (StreetsLA) showed off a variety of vehicles and technologies it plans to employ to green the city not just with trees and bushes but also with green vehicles charged with renewable energy. The department opened its Center for Green innovation in the San Fernando Valley and showcased two plug-in hybrid street sweepers, a battery electric Class 6 truck and innovative solar charging to mark the opening.