The City of Santa Ana, Calif. has purchased seven Ford F-550 trucks fueled by propane autogas, Roush CleanTech reports. Each is equipped with 52-usable-gallon propane autogas fuel systems, and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 55,000 pounds over its lifetime, Roush says.
Santa Ana has purchased seven vehicles with dedicated-propane autogas fuel systems by Roush CleanTech.“The fact that we anticipate dramatic fuel and maintenance cost savings is a bonus,” Santa Ana facilities, fleet and central stores manager Rick Longobart says in the Roush announcement.
The trucks have been customized for residential maintenance work in the city’s water and public works sectors, Roush says.
Tens of Thousands of Dollars to Be Saved
“Proven environmental leaders, the City will virtually eliminate particulate emissions and save tens of thousands of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs by replacing aging diesel trucks with new propane autogas F-550s,” he said.
According to Longobart, the current cost of propane autogas in the area is $1.50 per gallon.
Public Propane Fueling Soon
Santa Ana’s Facilities, Fleet and Central Stores Management has funding including a grant from the state’s Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee, which assists motor vehicle projects that reduce emissions. Santa Ana has a fleet of 652 vehicles that includes police equipment, as well as construction and park maintenance equipment, Roush reports.
The city plans to install a 2,000-gallon publicly accessible propane autogas station in a central location. “We really believe in this domestic clean fuel and want other organizations and citizens to use it,” Longobart said.
Source: Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up