The nation’s largest retail propane supplier has operated fleet vehicles with the fuel it sells for well over 30 years. Now, AmeriGas Propane will more than double its propane autogas medium-duty fleet.
The company purchased 50 new ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-550s equipped with cranes to deliver propane tanks to customer sites across the nation — in addition to the 35 that were deployed at the end of 2013.
Propane autogas is a cleaner burning, domestically produced alternative fuel that, historically, is priced 40 percent less than gasoline and up to 50 percent less than diesel.
“AmeriGas’ fleet is one of the largest in North America. We are excited to transition to a cleaner, domestic and value-priced alternative fuel,” said Jay Massey, corporate fleet manager for AmeriGas. “As a propane marketer, we strongly believe in the autogas initiative.”
The company’s autogas fleet demonstrates the viability of propane as an on-road vehicle fuel, lessens noise in neighborhoods being serviced, and lowers harmful emissions. Over the lifetime of the Ford F-550 vehicles, more than 12.7 million pounds of carbon dioxide will be eliminated from AmeriGas’ total carbon footprint.
Propane autogas is the leading alternative fuel in the U.S. and across the globe. More than 90 percent of the nation’s supply is produced domestically, with an additional 7 percent from Canada.