Go Riteway Transportation's Propane Fleet Experience
Presented by:Jason Ebert
The Thought of Propane Go Airport Connection to our line of services Working with Wisconsin State Energy Office Locations Milwaukee & Sheboygan
Propane Project First we looked the benefits of using propane as anauto-gas with some of the key factors being: Cleaner Fuel than Gas and Diesel Propane is non-toxic and does not contaminate ground wateror soil Propane is a federally designated clean fuel as stated in theClean Air Act of 1990 and National Policy Act of 2005 60% Less Carbon Monoxide 24% Fewer Greenhouse Gas Emissions 20% Less Nitrogen Oxide
Propane Benefits Minimal cost and change to shop procedures andfacilities Low cost of conversion and infrastructure The ability to maintain a greater range with little loss invehicle space for customers Sustainability of project after grant funding Another key factor with propane was: 90% of U.S. consumption is produced in the U.S.
Our Propane Overview We then decided that it would be best to install ourown propane re-fueling station with the followingreasons in mind Locations currently available http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/ Price of buying bulk propane Ease of accessibility
We began to look for a propane vendor We chose to proceed with Boehlke Bottle Gas We used Boehlke Bottle Gas to aid us in researchingand coming up with a plan for the new site Site Preparations Rules and Regulations Training Requirements
Site Description 2-1990 Gallon Tanks Clean Fuel USA 2000 Series Meter System Blackmer LPG Pump with a 7.5hp motor Petrovend K-800 with Phoenix software Automatic Changeover Control for CompressedNitrogen Before fueling the site asks for fleet number andodometer
The Conversions Using the Roush Cleantech propane kits Fuel Rails Fuel Lines Tank Removal and Install Reprogramming the Computer We Choose to do the installs with our own personnel Average Install Time of 6-7 hours
Airport Vehicles Currently our Airport Shuttle vans average around100,000 miles a year each We have 47 vans that service Southeastern Wisconsinwith transportation to and from Mitchell Internationaland O’Hare International Airport We Utilize Ford E-350 vans with a 5.4L engine in them We chose to go with used 2009-2010 model year vans Highlights are hardened exhaust valves and valve seatson new Ford vehicles These vans had mileages between 30,000 to 100,000miles when we completed the installs
Current Fuel mileages on the vans is about 11.1MPGover a sample of 3,187,070 miles. Our current cost of propane is on average less than$2.50 per gallon with all taxes included Our Estimated Return on Investment is less than 5years (This is the case with and without grantfunding).
Buses Commercial and School Current Vehicles in the Fleet 4- 2013 Ford E-450 Micro bird school buses 30P 1- 2013 Ford E-450 Micro bird school bus 18P+1WC 1- 2013 Ford E-450 Commercial Bus 24P Factory Direct Kits Roush Cleantech propane kits
What We Know So Far Fuel Economy is about 21% less than our diesel and gasschool buses with comparable seating ROI or breakeven point on these units is greater than 5years without grant funding Drivers have made the comments that they like thesevehicles because they are not as loud and dirty General Public Needs Education Reliable
The Bumps in The Road Driver adjustments to the propane vehicles Range limits of the vehicles and the adjustments tothem The amount of time it takes to get parts to repair thepropane kit components
Million Dollar Question We have on signed agreements to purchase 10-72P Bluebird school buses 4- Ford E-450 Micro bird school buses 30P 1- Ford E-450 Micro bird school bus 18P+1WC Will the investment pay off…Would we recommend this fuel to others?
Time Will Tell!!!THANK YOUJason EbertGo Riteway Transportation GroupJason.Ebert@goriteway.comwww.goriteway.com