PERC names three autogas award recipients

October 9, 2018 By    

Logo: PERC AutogasThree transit fleets received the eighth annual Top User of Propane Autogas Award from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) during the BusCon Expo in Indianapolis.

The award celebrates fleets creating healthier environments for riders and communities by using clean, cost-effective and domestically-produced propane autogas, PERC explains.

“These fleets truly represent the top users of propane autogas in transportation in their consideration for the environment as well as the students, patients, residents and communities they service by choosing a clean, cost-effective fuel,” says Michael Taylor, director of autogas business development for PERC. “Propane autogas can offer many advantages, including the lowest cost of ownership, reduced emissions and reliable performance to help both private and public fleets provide better service to taxpayers and clients.”

This year, the recipients are Spartanburg Regional Healthcare in Spartanburg, South Carolina; Carteret County Area Transportation System in Morehead City, North Carolina; and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System provides mass transportation to individuals located in four South Carolina counties — and is the only hospital nationwide to provide such services. Its 48-unit fleet provides door-to-door services, including paratransit and ambulatory services. To further support its roots in health and human services, the healthcare system began converting its vehicles to propane autogas bi-fuel systems starting in 2015. Now, 14 of the fleet’s buses use propane autogas bi-fuel systems, including nine Ford E-450 units, three E-350 units and two F-150 units. More than 800 riders use the service daily.

Carteret County Area Transportation System

Carteret County Area Transportation System (CCATS) serves the residents of Carteret County, North Carolina, with both in- and out-of-county travel. Since July 2018, 13 of CCATS’s 16 cutaway shuttle buses have been converted to use propane autogas bi-fuel systems. The county gravitated toward propane autogas because of its location near sensitive environments along the Atlantic Ocean, including national forests, a national seashore and multiple wildlife refuges. In addition to reducing emissions, the county also saves about 43 percent on fuel with propane autogas compared to gasoline, according to PERC.

Yale University Transit

Since 2016, Yale University has added a total of 30 propane autogas bi-fuel vehicles to its fleet, as shuttles used for student transportation as well as several work trucks. The university is dedicated to adopting alternative fuels in as many of its more than 470 vehicles as possible, and found propane as an emissions-reducing and cost-effective solution in campus shuttle transportation and other fleet vehicles. Each propane autogas vehicle saves 50 extra gallons of fuel and requires less maintenance, PERC adds. The school currently has one propane autogas refueling station on campus and is considering adding a second.

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