Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) has announced the launch of 84 propane-autogas-powered new Ford F-59 trucks, equipped with ROUSH CleanTech fuel technology, set to operate in three of BBU’s major markets.
“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 BBU. “This initiative is the latest in our company’s continued effort to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Each new propane-autogas-fueled delivery truck will cut carbon dioxide emissions by about 192,000 pounds compared with gasoline, according to BBU, equaling about 16.1 million fewer pounds over the lifetime of the fleet.
In January, 30 units began operating from the company’s Chicago-area location, and 27 units began operating from its Denver-area office. The remaining 27 units that will serve the Washington, D.C., region will begin making deliveries this month.
“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. “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.”
BBU installed on-site fueling stations at each location, eliminating the need to refill at retail stations. Currently, BBU pays about $1.30 per gallon of propane autogas compared with $1.80 for gasoline. BBU tapped incentives in both Colorado and Maryland to minimize the initial costs associated with alternative fuel technologies.