Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CFUSA August Newsletter

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NPGA video series highlights propane storage issues

The National Propane Gas Association put together a great series of videos highlighting the supply issues the propane industry faced this past winter.

Propane Exports
With no single resource to tell how much propane is set aside for exporting, NPGA is developing an ongoing inventory trend report that will give the industry important new data to help with supply planning. Armed with this information, marketers will be better able to prepare for and survive future fuel emergencies.
NPGA's goal: Improve supply security and limit market volatility during peak demand periods. NPGA will work to create this policy and present it to congress.
Cochin Pipeline
The changes to the Cochin Pipeline this year have changed the delivery of propane throughout the Midwest. Take a moment to learn about the smart supply planning taking place to address the missing supply for the U.S. market.
Improved Data
NPGA is working with governments and private sector partners to get industry members the most up to date supply information available. Take a moment to learn about how they are doing this and what you can look forward to in the future. #PropaneDelivers

Monday, September 1, 2014

An inside look at the 8L engine

Hear from Powertrain Integration's Robert Roehl talking about the new PIthon propane engine built exclusively for the Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2 and Freightliner Custom Chassis S2G. The companies displayed the engine and bus at the STN EXPO in Reno.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Third Thursday Webinar to feature Thomas Built Buses

September 18th at 10am (CST)
Come hear more about why the propane autogas C2 is an excellent choice for your fleet!
As district budgets are tightened and environmental standards become as much of a public mandate as they are governmental, fleets are switching to alternative-fueled school buses to improve their image and their transportation budget. Thomas Built Buses is excited to expand their alternative fuel offering with its propane-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus, now in full production.
Built upon the popular Saf-T-Liner C2 model, the propane-fueled C2 provides outstanding maneuverability, state-of-the-art driver ergonomics and the greatest visibility among all Type C buses - with zero sacrifices in style, performance, safety or comfort. Under the hood, the propane-fueled C2 comes complete with an Allison 2300 PTS Series transmission, an 8.0 liter engine provided by Powertrain Integration and a fully-integrated CleanFUEL USA Liquid Propane Injection fuel system.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

STA Adds Collins Propane Powered Buses

Student Transportation of America Inc. (STA) is increasing their commitment to clean air for students nationwide with the purchase of 18 propane autogas school buses manufactured by Collins Bus Corporation. The NexBus units, which are expected to run 15,000 miles annually, are currently being delivered to two school districts in Pennsylvania, Hempfield and East Penn; they will be used to transport children to and from school on a daily basis and for  extracurricular trips.

Collins serves as the largest producer of Type-A buses in North America and leads the industry with alternative fuel options that meet the needs of their diverse customer base. The NexBus is built on a dual rear wheel GM chassis and is powered by a Liquid Propane Injection system by CleanFUEL USA. The product exhibits excellent cold weather starting, has an estimated range in excess of 300 miles, and is available in capacities up to 32 passengers.

Propane autogas is the third most widely used transportation fuel globally, behind gasoline and diesel, and is proven to be a more attractive option from an economic and environmental standpoint.

"We continue to add propane powered vehicles to our fleet thanks to the multiple advantages the fuel offers and we look forward to a long term relationship, including the suburb maintenance support offered by Collins Bus Corporation," says Denis Gallagher, CEO of parent company Student Transportation Inc. The buses are part of a large commitment by STA, which includes several additional states and hundreds of propane autogas buses.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Heavy Duty Trucking: UPS Offers Keys to Fuel Efficiency

You would be hard-pressed to find a company more enthusiastically pursuing efficiency than UPS. After all, this is a company that has determined that its no-left turns policy across North America has saved almost 10 million gallons of fuel over the last 10 years.
UPS is constantly monitoring its fleet to find new ways of using alternative fuel/advanced technology to learn about how new technologies and advancements can be adapted. One result: At last count, Big Brown was running more than 3,150 alternative-fuel and advanced technology vehicles in nine different countries.
So we asked UPS to distill its fuel-saving philosophy into three bite-sized ideas:
1. Plan your route and track performance.
When planning any trip, consider the best way to get to the locations without backtracking. UPS has created a proprietary system of telematics that combines information about the behavioral with mechanical variables that affect fuel efficiency.  UPS matches routes to vehicles that get better mileage at the speeds the route requires. Routes are also designed to have the minimum number of stops and starts and still be on time. 
UPS also uses package-flow technologies designed to load the vans more effectively, again minimizing the time it takes a driver to find the right package and be ready to deliver it quickly.  In effect, fuel efficiency starts even before the engine is turned on.  This translates into fewer miles traveled, which conserves fuel and reduces emissions.
2. Avoid left turns.
For decades, UPS route planners have designed routes based on a loop of predominantly right-hand turns. Avoiding left turns conserves fuel and reduces emissions because it reduces the amount of time spent idling waiting to turn left. It is also a lot safer.  (UPS actually encourages employees and other road users to avoid lefts, too.).
3. Use the vehicle with the best mileage.
Through UPS’s own modal shifting, UPS tries to match the vehicle to the needs of the routes.
And of course, in addition to using alternative fuels, it's constantly looking for ways to make its vehicles more fuel efficient regardless of the powertrain. For instance, it worked with Isuzu and Utilimaster to develop lighter-weight composite-body diesel vans that achieved a 40% increase in fuel economy over traditional aluminum vans in testing.
The company also maintains a strict anti-idle policy. Doing so has cut the amount of time delivery trucks idle by 24 minutes per driver per day, which has led to a fuel savings of $188 per driver in one year. Read more here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Propane Fueling Infrastructure Webinar (Archived)

A recording and presentation slides from the recent webinar on Propane Fueling Infrastructure is now available online in the Clean Cities Webinar Archives.  It can be accessed at: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/toolbox/training_archives.html.

As referenced during the webinar, Clean Cities recently released a document called Costs Associated with Propane Vehicle Fueling Infrastructure and that can be viewed on the Alternative Fuel Data Center at http://www.afdc.energy.gov/uploads/publication/propane_costs.pdf.

We encourage you to connect with your local Clean Cities coalition to continue exploring the opportunities for propane vehicles in your area.  Contact information for your local Clean Cities coalition can be found at http://www.afdc.energy.gov/cleancities/coalitions/coalition_locations.php.