More Schools Choosing Propane Buses as Stricter Emissions Standards Loom

According to the New York Times, out of the top 25 school bus markets in the nation, 19 have adopted propane-fueled vehicles in their fleets. School districts switching to propane-powered school buses include New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and Phoenix. Boston recently purchased 86 of the alternative-fuel buses for use this fall, and administrators of the Mesa County Valley district in Grand Junction, Colo., recently signed a five-year, $30 million contract that includes 122 propane buses.
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New Liquid Autogas Consortium launched to increase propane autogas fleets across North America

The Liquid Autogas Consortium recently annonced its efforts to help boost the adoption of propane autogas by fleets across North America. Founding members include ICOM North America LLC, a Michigan-based manufacturer of propane autogas vehicle system technologies, and Imega International USA.
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Fleets may join the consortium at no cost and would enjoy the following benefits: the consortium's discount for autogas fuel systems for their vehicles, an autogas fuel system installation, service center and technical support partner, the consortium's discount for autogas stations, training for their autogas champion fleet specialists, educational & autogas fleet support from the consortium, marketing initiatives, eventual national fueling network. Propane fuel supply partners, propane equipment manufacturers, OEM propane vehicle manufacturers and dealers (including small engine), and propane vehicle installation and service centers are invited to join on a modest fee basis.

According to ICOM North America, the Liquid Autogas Consortium’s major objectives are to increase the number of propane autogas vehicles, whether OEM or conversions, across North America and to provide the Liquid Autogas Consortium propane fueling partners with the tools to increase gallons.

The Liquid Autogas Consortium will utilize a multi-prong strategy and aims to provide one-stop-shopping with goals to: facilitate autogas utilization by fleets as a seamless positive transition, the eventual common utilization of autogas by fleets, minimize the costs of autogas utilization for maximum growth, increase annual autogas usage. The Liquid Autogas Consortium will also focus on education for fleets on the benefits of autogas; relevant training; quality EPA-approved propane systems for vehicles; financing; vehicle service; vehicle dealer support; propane fueling stations; small propane engine systems; and support and fuel pricing through the Liquid Autogas Consortium's partners.

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Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Rebates To Continue in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced yesterday that it will continue its Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Rebate program. The DEP program will be extended to make rebates available to Pennsylvania Commonwealth residents for the purchase of new propane, plug-in hybrid, plug-in electric, natural gas, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The rebates are funded by the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which is supported by a gross receipts tax on utilities.
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A $1000 rebate is available for a new propane-fueled vehicle (LPG). Propane autogas vehicle rebates are for OEM/Certified Retrofit only. Leased vehicles are not eligible to receive a rebate. Only purchased vehicles are eligible.

“Alternative energy options are central to making Pennsylvania’s environment beautiful and sustainable for years to come,” acting DEP Secretary John Quigley said. “We encourage everyone to consider these renewable and clean technologies.”

To qualify, the alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) must be a new vehicle with an odometer reading of less than 500 miles at the time of purchase, vehicle must be registered in Pennsylvania, operated primarily in-state, and be purchased no more than six months before the rebate application is submitted. There are only a limited number of rebates available at $2,000. The rebate program offered will be reassessed upon payment of the first 250 rebates at $2,000 or December 31, 2015, whichever occurs first.

Consumers should note that funds may be depleted before their rebate application can be processed.

For questions or assistance with the Pennsylvania DEP AFV Rebate Program call Toll Free: 866-294-3854.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

ConocoPhillips Announces Conversion of 30 Trucks to Propane Autogas, 300 More Over Next 5 Years

ConocoPhillips has been testing ROUSH CleanTech propane vehicles in the field since 2011, logging thousands of miles in sometimes challenging conditions in northwest New Mexico and southwest Colorado.
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As a result of the tests, ConocoPhillips has announced it will convert 30 trucks to propane autogas this year and replace more than 300 more trucks over the next five years with vehicles powered by propane fuel technology.

Each propane autogas truck emits about 67,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over its lifetime than a gasoline powered vehicle. Propane autogas is a low carbon fuel that reduces greenhouse gases by up to 25 percent, carbon monoxide by up to 60 percent, and nitrogen oxide by 20 percent compared to gasoline.

Other benefits include safety of the fuel, size of the fuel tanks, performance, reduced fuel costs, extended maintenance intervals and drivability. The vehicles will be powered by propane produced in the San Juan basin.

“The addition of propane autogas trucks will greatly reduce ConocoPhillips’ carbon footprint while using a fuel they produce here in the U.S.,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. “And with autogas’ low-priced fuel and infrastructure costs, this investment will pay off for their bottom line.”

The cost for propane autogas averages approximately 30 percent less per gallon than gasoline.

Alliance AutoGas Unveils Volvo D13 / MACK MP8 Diesel Displacement System at ACT

Alliance AutoGas, an international network providing a propane autogas solution to medium and heavy-duty fleets unveils a Diesel Displacement System for the Volvo D13/MACK MP8. Achieving a first-ever EPA compliance, the system completed testing for the first on-road U.S. Diesel/LPG mixed fuel EPA certification. EPA certification was awarded on the Detroit Diesel 14.0L with the Volvo D13/MackMP8 expected soon.
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The OEM quality and engineered Diesel Displacement system features a quick and simple one-day install, is backed by a one-year, 100,000 mile warranty and nationwide parts and service, maximizing uptime. The Bi-Fuel autogas system allows operation wherever a fleet needs to be, eliminating range anxiety and multiple tank options to meet range requirements and cab configurations. New conversions come with ultra-low emissions refueling nozzle, the safest and most efficient on the market.

The Diesel Displacement System provides a distinct competitive advantage to industry fleets by having a lower cost-per-mile than the majority of the competition. “This allow a company to gain a competitive advantage by being able to earn business based on sustainability initiatives,“ notes Stuart Weidie, president of Alliance AutoGas. “Our Diesel Displacement System builds brand awareness through progressive action.”  

The system allows fleet owners to experience fuel cost savings of 15 percent or more without having to buy a new vehicle. Additionally, propane autogas reduces operating expenses, improves EBIDTA, increases shareholder value and offers more benefits than traditional natural gas.  

The Volvo D13/MACK MP8 VNL sleeper featuring the Diesel Displacement System was showcased at the recent ACT Expo May 2-4, 2015 in Dallas, TX.