One of the largest textile rental and supply companies in North America is expanding its program to include additional propane autogas fueled trucks. After a successful alternative fuels pilot, AmeriPride Services is adding 20 more Roush CleanTech Ford F-59 delivery trucks in Northern California later this year, according to AmeriPride. The company currently has five of these vehicles in Topeka, Kan.
“We’ve been extensively testing fuels and vehicles to find the right area and application that gives us the best environmental and economical benefits,” said Banny Allison, fleet services manager for AmeriPride. “Propane autogas reduces greenhouse gas emissions and has easy, cost-efficient fueling infrastructure. Because of our success in Kansas, we are implementing the same propane autogas vehicles in the Sacramento and Fresno areas.”
Each of AmeriPride’s propane autogas trucks will emit about 95,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over its lifetime, according to Roush. The company stated that propane autogas is a low carbon fuel that “reduces greenhouse gases by up to 25%, carbon monoxide by up to 60%, nitrogen oxide by 20% and virtually eliminates particulate matter when compared to conventional fuels.” The alternative fuel is a non-contaminant of soil, air and water, according to Roush.
To fuel its vehicles, AmeriPride installed a private autogas station with 1,000-gallon tank at their Topeka facility.
Currently, the company pays $1.55 per gallon for propane autogas that has cost up to 50% less than diesel, said AmeriPride.
“AmeriPride has long been a champion for supporting the environment and the communities they serve,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for Roush CleanTech. “Emissions-reducing, domestically produced propane autogas has met their criteria and now they are ready to expand into different markets with reliable Ford F-59 workhorses.”
Roush CleanTech vehicles meet Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board certification requirements.
To learn more about AmeriPride and Roush CleanTech, visit www.ameripride.com and www.roushcleantech.com.