In the Portland Metro area alternative-fuel and fuel-efficient vehicles are increasingly becoming fleet mainstays. Many municipalities have already installed electrical refueling stations and electric vehicles and hybrids are a common sight in a growing number of fleets. While OEM alternative-fuel and fuel-efficient vehicle availability is improving, there are still gaps for fuels such as propane autogas and compressed natural gas (CNG). GM and Honda both offer CNG models, but, only for select models. This is where the genius of the Ford Motor Company strategy becomes apparent. Ford's "One Ford" approach is utilizing existing platforms to keep the cost of the alternative fuel vehicles low and affordable. This means that a fleet can green its footprint with one of the multiple options for alternative and bi-fuel solutions. There are numerous second-stage manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers who can convert gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles to a variety of alternative-fuel options, delivering the same performance with the benefits of a lower total cost of ownership. Often times the cost of the conversion pays for itself much faster than you might expect.
Liquefied Petroleum GasLiquefied petroleum gas (LPG), also known as propane autogas, is produced from both natural gas and crude oil refining, and is among the most commonly used fuels in the world. Of all of the alternative fuels on the market, it has the largest public refueling infrastructure. Among LPG’s biggest benefits for fleets is its lower cost compared to gasoline — as much as 30 percent to 40 percent cheaper in some markets. In addition, most of it is produced domestically. Because LPG has a much lower flash point the fuel burns cleaner creating a maintenance savings in addition to the initial fuel savings. While transit fleets are among the largest users of propane autogas, automobiles and light- and medium-duty trucks are increasingly becoming popular platforms for this inexpensive fuel.
RGR Alternative Fuels offers dedicated propane autogas conversions for Ford’s MY-2009 to 2011 4.6L Crown Victoria, Police Interceptor, Lincoln Town Car/Limo, and Grand Marquis. The company’s dedicated LPG auto conversion kit is a non-invasive, plug-and-play fuel-injection delivery system that uses OEM injector ports, eliminating the need to tap the intake, and specifically designed clips for injectors and the engine control unit (ECU) to minimize wire cutting, splicing, and soldering. The system includes a 40-gallon fuel tank and offers mileage and horsepower comparable to gasoline. According to the company, its system reduces greenhouse gases by up to 35 percent. The system is EPA certified and OBD-II compliant and comes with a two-year/60,000-mile warranty for parts. In addition, the company can help fleets install a fueling infrastructure at no out-of-pocket cost. Currently, ROUSH CleanTech offers propane-autogas conversion systems for Ford’s F-Series light-duty and medium-duty trucks and E-Series vans. The company expects to add the Ford F-450, F-550, F-650, and F-59 to its conversion roster in the future. Gresham Ford has chosen to partner with Ford Motor Company and Roush to offer LPG conversion vehicles through its municipal contracts like the State of Oregon Contract for ALL Ford vehicles.
Among the advantages of the ROUSH CleanTech system for these Ford vehicles is that it allows them to deliver the same horsepower, torque, towing capacity, and warranty protection as their gasoline configurations but with lower emissions. According to the company, its system reduces nitrogen oxide by 20 percent, carbon monoxide by 60 percent, and greenhouse gases by up to 24 percent. It also generates fewer particulate emissions. ROUSH CleanTech propane-autogas vehicles are EPA- and CARB-certified. The propane-autogas system is available for the F-250 and F-350 5.4L V-8 and 6.2L V-8 with either a 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain along with the E-150, E-250, and E-350 5.4L V-8. There are two fuel configurations available. The company also offers a fuel system for the Ford E-450 dual rear wheel cutaway equipped with the 6.8L V10 engine. For the MY-2009 through 2010 F-250 and F-350, the in-bed configuration has a capacity of 50 usable gallons and a 23-usable gallon capacity for the under-bed configuration, and 43-usable gallon in-bed and 22-usable gallon under-bed tank for MY-2012. The E-Series vans offer a mid-ship propane autogas tank with 25-usable gallons and the extended range tank, which offers 45-usable gallons.ROUSH CleanTech maintains Ford’s factory five-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty on vehicles equipped with the liquid propane autogas system. The company can also help fleets establish a refueling infrastructure. For more information or to receive your FREE customized Green Fleet Conversion report contact Gresham Ford Fleet at 503.665.0101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.