Friday, September 19, 2014

Eastern Propane puts environmentally friendly truck into service

ROCHESTER — Eastern Propane and Oil, a full-service propane and oil company serving New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont, is pleased to announce the most recent addition to its delivery fleet — the Freightliner S2G Propane-Powered propane delivery truck.

Due to their long history of using propane to power their fleet, Eastern was chosen to test one of just 25 S2G trucks introduced in the country. Additionally, Eastern was the first company to place one in service. The S2G Propane-Powered truck features Freightliner’s newest and most advanced technology, allowing the vehicle to operate at full capacity with reduced emissions when compared to a traditional gas or diesel powered engine.

“We are very excited about this addition to our fleet and plan on adding five more S2G trucks within a few months,” said Mike Gagne, fleet manager at Eastern Propane and Oil.

Eastern debuted their new, S2G Propane-Powered Bobtail at the Northeast Propane Show in early August. The environmentally friendly, propane-fueled delivery truck is the only one in the area and garnered a tremendous amount of industry interest. 
Gagne indicated that the truck will undergo rigorous testing by Eastern and will travel to all of their locations to deliver fuel. As part of the testing, Eastern is required to document performance metrics and share with Freightliner.

Eastern specializes in propane-based energy solutions, and much of their fleet is powered by propane which is comparable in power to gasoline and diesel, cheaper to fuel and cleaner for the environment.

Lower operating costs and reduced emissions show the versatility of propane, making it an ideal solution for more than just heating needs.

About Eastern Propane and Oil
Eastern Propane and Oil is a family-owned business dedicated to delivering high quality, reliable, and competitively-priced propane and oil to over 90,000 residential and commercial customers in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont. Personalized Customer Service is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by email or by phone at 800-523-5237. For additional information, visit www.Eastern.com

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Business Fleet: Going Green With Propane

See original article here.

Medium-Duty Fleets Look for Alternative Drivetrain 'Holy Grail'

Looking for the right alternative-power drivetrain and application can be a frustrating project for fleet managers of medium-duty trucks; however, a presentation on a hybrid and electric technology for trucks offered a peek at the “right” application for a quicker return on investment (ROI).
Odyne Systems, ALTe Technologies, and Navigant Research discussed changes and updates in the area of alternative drivetrains.
Evolution of Alternative Drivetrains
An alternative-power drivetrain involves a variety of power sources in combination with or separate from internal combustion to provide power to a vehicle.
“The good thing about government incentives was that fleet managers tested this technology and discovered that it’s really about the right fit or application for each drivetrain technology,” said Lisa Jerram, senior research analyst at Navigant Research.
Jerram noted that 2008-2012 saw a surge in deployments of hybrid-electric and battery-electric trucks and vans in the U.S.; much of it supported by government funding. “The deployments were medium-duty delivery vans and trucks, service vehicles, utility trucks, and other various applications,” she said. “Some learned that these just weren’t the right fit. Hybrids and electrics still carry a significant price premium and need to be in the right duty cycle and driving conditions to optimize their benefits.”
As the alternative powertrain market matures for compressed natural gas (CNG), for example, it’s still early for the pure electric and plug-in hybrids, medium-duty vehicle market.
“Our customers don’t want any science projects. Customers want payback in seven to eight years,” noted Darren Post, president and CEO for ALTe.
According to Jerram, hybrids need to be in heavy usage applications, but not in high speed, long distance applications because they don’t maximize the hybrid system’s efficiency gains. She noted less costly hybrids, such as XL Hybrid’s van line, that are starting to come to market.
“Utility bucket trucks are another promising application area. We are starting to see plug-in hybrids enter this market now. The reason is that the trucks feature an electric power take off (ePTO) to power hydraulics needed while at a work site,” Jerram explained. “This reduces engine idling and is a major fuel saver. The combined fuel savings from the driving and the idle reduction can provide a payback in just a few years. They also offer a benefit of reduced noise onsite, which is good for the workers and for the neighborhood where they are working.”
Hybrids and electrics will continue to face competition from natural gas and propane autogas. 
“Hybrids and electrics offer fuel reduction, emissions, and noise benefits, but users have to find the right fit with the right technology option,” she noted. Read more here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation showcases propane autogas S2C at BusCon Expo featuring CleanFUEL USA Liquid Propane Injection system


GEORGETOWN, Texas –– September 15, 2014 ––
Who: CleanFUEL USA, an industry leader in propane autogas technology

When: September 15-17, 2014

Where: Booth #938, BusCon Expo, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN

What: Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) introduced the propane autogas version of its S2 chassis for the work truck market earlier this year. At BusCon Expo this week, FCCC will demonstrate the chassis’ capabilities for additional applications, including the shuttle and commercial bus markets, with its display of the propane autogas S2C concept in booth #938. Also featured in the FCCC booth will be a CleanFUEL USA PRO 6100 propane autogas refueling dispenser.

The S2C concept offers the bus market a number of key features and benefits, including: a quieter-running engine, reduced maintenance cost and downtime, significantly reduced fuel costs for buses in continuous-running applications, excellent cold-weather starting and faster warm-up times. 

The S2C concept includes a factory-installed Liquid Propane Injection system by CleanFUEL USA. The 60-gallon, between-the-rails, tank can provide a range of up to 300 miles. The S2C is powered by PIthon, an 8.0 propane autogas engine from Powertrain Integration, which will be on display in the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) booth #1139.
  
 
About CleanFUEL USA:
CleanFUEL USA, the nation’s first developer of liquid propane fuel injection systems, is a leading manufacturer of propane autogas dispensers and refueling infrastructure. Headquartered in Georgetown, Texas, with an engineering division in Wixom, Mich., CleanFUEL USA celebrates more than 20 years of innovation. Setting industry standards with a complete alternative fuel solution, CleanFUEL USA products offer unsurpassed economic and environmental advantages. Learn more at www.cleanfuelusa.com.

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