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Propane autogas featured in fuel travel center

June 23, 2021 By    
Photo: PERC

Tucker Perkins addresses the group at the opening of the Pride Travel Center, which offers propane as an alternative fuel option. Photo: PERC

A fuel travel center that houses multiple alternative energy options is now open in Hartford, Connecticut.

The Pride Travel Center features propane autogas infrastructure alongside electric vehicle and hydrogen refueling stations.

“Propane autogas plays a critical role in clean transportation, and the addition of this essential energy source at the Pride Travel Center underscores the vital position propane autogas has in achieving net-zero emissions goals,” says Tucker Perkins, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). “This is especially true for medium-duty fleet owners looking for an alternative energy that can improve air quality without sacrificing on range, payload or torque.”

During a grand opening ceremony hosted by Pride Stores and Capitol Clean Cities of Connecticut, propane autogas vehicles from Nestlé Waters, Yale University and Simsbury Public Schools were on display alongside propane infrastructure from Superior Energy Systems (SES). Propane retailer Hocon Gas designed and installed the refueling infrastructure and is now supplying the fuel.

The 18,000-gallon tank and dispenser include SES software that tracks data like driver and vehicle identification, mileage and gallons pumped, PERC says, providing a convenient experience for fleets.

“Over the past five years, we have seen substantial growth of work truck fleets utilizing propane to significantly lower their emissions, thanks in large part to the success of cloud-based fleet management software,” said Jim Bunsey, director of operations for Superior Energy Systems. “By providing users with convenient, affordable and reliable refueling, it’s never been easier for fleets to take advantage of this ideal energy source for clean transportation.”

In addition to being a low-carbon energy source, today’s propane autogas ultra-low nitrogen oxide (NOx) engines are 90 percent cleaner than Environmental Protection Agency standards and reduce NOx emissions by 96 percent compared to the clean diesel engine, according to PERC.

About the Author:

Carly McFadden is associate editor at LP Gas Magazine. She is a graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and a native of Cleveland, Ohio. McFadden can be reached at cmcfadden@northcoastmedia.net.

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