Propane autogas is top of mind with next week’s National Truck Equipment (NTEA) Work Truck Show and its sister Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis. These two shows combine into one major annual conference for fleet managers.
There will be eight name-brand firms exhibiting propane autogas vehicles, equipment, and/or technology in Indy, the biggest autogas exhibit ever, according to those paid to announce this stuff. I wouldn’t know. But it says something when you see Ford, GM and it’s propane partner CleanFuel USA, Freightliner, Isuzu, Knapheide, Roush CleanTech, and others investing a powerful amount of bucks to expand into propane autogas.
Remember those companies? You know, the folks that actually make something, not the $1 billion Wall Street darlings that email discount coupons.
The ninth major autogas proponent at NTEA will be the Propane Education & Research Council in booth 5691. Visit PERC and pick up the Propane Autogas Tour roadmap. It shows where to find these suppliers in the exhibit hall. Start your tour at the PERC booth and view the Freightliner S2G propane chassis with a propane bobtail body. Also in booth 5691 will be Roush CleanTech’s EPA- and CARB-certified Ford E-250 cargo van.
Fleets are moving to autogas from gasoline because the price is EXTREMELY competitive, it produces 12 percent less carbon dioxide and 60 percent less carbon monoxide, and it helps to lessen the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. Indeed, the U.S. is a net exporter of propane, and there is plenty here to meet demand.
Propane autogas is a great alternative fuel that works for school buses, municipalities, cab and delivery firms, and just about any company that uses vans, trucks, limos, sedans, and other work vehicles.