Public / Private Partnerships for Deployment Success
Dear Friends of ROUSH CleanTech,
Access to fueling infrastructure shouldn’t be a barrier to switching to propane.
Last year we partnered with Delaware Transit Corporation — a transit agency that was very serious about propane-fueled vehicles, but didn’t have the means to fund the infrastructure on location. We worked with them to wade through the details of installing onsite fueling at two locations to accommodate propane-fueled para-transit buses.
To provide the fuel supply for the buses along with technical and maintenance support for both the vehicles and the fueling station Roush and DTC enlisted Sharp Energy to round out the team.
Last week, it all came together as we helped DTC unveil these new on-site propane fuel stations, along with the agency’s increase of its propane-powered paratransit fleet from five to 130 shuttle vehicles by the end of 2017.
The agency’s first five propane-fueled buses collectively traveled 450,000 miles with no fuel system-related failures, and saved $15,000 in fuel costs alone — results that make choosing propane autogas an easy decision.
You’ve heard the financial benefits of the fuel. In this case, DTC pays $.78 per gallon for propane autogas before the Federal fuel rebate compared with $1.75 per gallon for gasoline. You’ve heard the environmental benefits. With this fleet, each propane autogas paratransit bus will reduce more than 91,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over its lifetime compared to gasoline models.
Even though there are thousands of public propane autogas fueling stations in the United States we understand that, like DTC, you may need on-site propane station convenience. A partnership like the one between DTC and ROUSH CleanTech showcases how fleets can effectively remove the barriers to entry for alternative fuel technology like propane autogas.
We will continue to work with customers and industry partners to develop innovative methods to help our customers meet their goals. Propane autogas will continue to grow in popularity as industry experts predict propane demand for on-road vehicles will increase by more than 400 million gallons by 2020. Forward thinking organizations like DTC know that transitioning to clean-operating vehicles allows them to reduce harmful emissions and improve the bottom line.
Call us today at 800.59.ROUSH to learn how we can help overcome your propane infrastructure challenges — or any other potential obstacle — to help you transition to this American-made, abundant alternative fuel.