A successful four-year pilot program with trucks fueled by propane autogas has led U.S.-based energy company ConocoPhillips to add more vehicles operating on the domestically produce alternative fuel.
ROUSH CleanTech propane vehicles have been tested by ConocoPhillips in the field since 2011, logging thousands of miles in sometimes challenging conditions in northwest New Mexico and southwest Colorado.
As a result of the tests, ConocoPhillips recently announced it would convert 30 trucks to propane autogas this year and replace more than 300 more trucks over the next five years with vehicles powered by autogas 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.”