U.S. Postal Service Contractor Chooses Propane for Parcel Deliveries
Alternative fuel delivery trucks reduce costs, carbon footprint
BLACKSBURG, S.C. (March 4, 2020) — For the first time ever, some U.S. Postal Service packages are being delivered via emission-reducing propane autogas trucks.
McAbee Trucking, a freight shipping and trucking company based in Blacksburg, purchased eight Ford F-750 delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas, a domestically produced, clean and economical alternative fuel. The vehicles are used for contracted parcel delivery routes between USPS locations in North and South Carolina.
“As a business owner, I continually look for ways to add safety, improve day-to-day operations, advocate for environmental preservation and save money,” said Lisa McAbee, owner of McAbee Trucking. “Our new propane fleet vehicles accomplish all these goals.”
Propane autogas engine technology has progressed to the point where emissions are reduced to near zero. Each of McAbee’s trucks is equipped with a Ford 6.8L V10 engine and ROUSH CleanTech propane fuel system, which is 90-percent cleaner than the Environmental Protection Agency’s most stringent heavy-duty emission standard.
“McAbee Trucking’s new propane trucks provide the power and range needed to make long-distance deliveries, with the added benefits of cost and emission savings,” said Todd Mouw, president of ROUSH CleanTech. “They are also backed by 45 years of Roush engineering and an extensive warranty and service network.”
Propane autogas costs about 40 percent less than gasoline, and 50 percent less than diesel. Propane fleets report savings of 30 to 50 percent on filters and fluids due to the clean operation of the fuel.
To fuel its new fleet, the company will install a propane station onsite. Until then, McAbee Trucking has onsite “mobile fueling,” where its local propane supplier fuels the vehicles from a propane delivery truck.
“Propane is really a great fit for the size and duty cycle of the trucks we use in our business,” said McAbee.
McAbee Trucking and ROUSH CleanTech unveiled the new propane delivery trucks during The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis in booth No. 5491. During the show, ROUSH CleanTech also received Heavy Duty Trucking’s Top 20 Award for the second year in a row. This award recognizes the company’s near-zero emissions vehicles.
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About ROUSH CleanTech: ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader of advanced clean transportation solutions, is a division of the global engineering company Roush Enterprises. ROUSH CleanTech develops propane autogas and electric propulsion technology for medium-duty Ford commercial vehicles and school buses. With more than 25,000 vehicles on the road, the Livonia, Michigan-based company delivers economical, emissions-reducing options for fleets across North America. Learn more at ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.