Bimbo Bakeries deploys delivery trucks powered by propane autogas

March 3, 2016 By    

bimbo-bakeries-propane-autogas-delivery-truckBimbo Bakeries USA is delivering its baked goods in 84 new Ford F-59 trucks fueled by propane autogas. The trucks, equipped with Roush CleanTech fuel technology, operate in three of Bimbo’s major markets. The company selected propane autogas for its lower up-front costs, minimal impact to operations and the stability of fuel costs, Roush CleanTech reports.

“Bimbo Bakeries USA introduced propane autogas vehicles into our Chicago, Denver and Washington, D.C., regions to help accomplish our corporate environmental goals while lowering our bottom line,” says Gary Maresca, senior director of fleet services for the company, in a press release. “This initiative is the latest in our company’s continued effort to reduce our carbon footprint.”

According to Roush CleanTech, each propane autogas-fueled delivery truck will cut carbon dioxide emissions by about 192,000 pounds compared to gasoline. Thirty of the units will operate in the Chicago area; 27 will operate in the Denver area; and 27 will operate in Washington, D.C. Bimbo installed on-site fueling stations at each location. The company pays about $1.30 per gallon of propane autogas, compared to $1.80 for gasoline, Roush CleanTech adds. Maresca expects to see a reduction in operational costs as a result of lower fuel costs and maintenance savings.

“Bimbo Bakeries seamlessly integrated our fuel system technology into three of its key markets,” says Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for Roush CleanTech, in a press release. “We helped train their technicians on the specifics of servicing our propane autogas Ford F-59 trucks. These professionals are already familiar with Ford products and value the factory warranty that stands behind each Roush CleanTech vehicle.”

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