Autogas’ Hidden Savings – Some May Be Substantial
Dear Friends of ROUSH CleanTech,
I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July holiday. As I traveled with my family, I noted the increasing cost of fuel at the pump and understand why the two biggest concerns on a fleet manager’s mind are the volatility of fuel prices and increasing maintenance costs. It’s pretty easy to determine the fuel cost delta between diesel and propane, however the question continues to arise, “Will my maintenance costs go down with propane autogas?”
Here are some areas for consideration and real life examples.
If you have diesel vehicles in your fleet, you’ll need a budget for labor and parts for:
- Particulate exhaust filter
- Crankcase breather filter
- DEF fluid
- DEF filter
- Two maintenance fuel filters
- Qualified diesel mechanics
If you’re operating autogas, there is no need for any of those items. Autogas burns cleaner which reduces maintenance costs and the need for many of the costly after-treatment components current diesel engines need.
For example, Flint Mass Transportation Authority’s autogas vehicles are saving over $100,000 in maintenance costs during the life of the vehicle compared to diesel vehicles. A portion of this savings comes from only using six quarts of oil per oil change instead of 16 quarts for their diesel vehicles.
Broward County Public Schools is reporting an 80 percent decrease in annual maintenance costs for their autogas buses compared to their diesel school buses.
The reasons to make the change from diesel to a cleaner-burning, lower-cost and domestic alternative, such as propane autogas, have never been more compelling:
- The price of propane is at its lowest point in 15 years.
- We have the broadest product offering in the industry.,
- We have hundreds of case studies from your peers on why the switch has worked for them.
Enjoy the summer! We welcome you to call us at 800.59.ROUSH or tour our facility to learn more about how our team of experts can assist you.