Nestle Waters North America, a large beverage company based in Stamford, Conn., has announced the deployment of more than 400 additional medium-duty ReadyRefresh by Nestle beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas. The company now operates nearly 600 of these alternatively fueled trucks, which make up about 30% of its total North American fleet.
“Becoming a better steward of our environment is a priority for Nestle Waters,” says Bill Ardis, national fleet manager for its ReadyRefresh business unit. “We’ve been running propane autogas vehicles since 2014, beginning with five Class 5 vehicles. Based on the proven emissions reduction compared with our older diesel units, and lower fuel and total cost of ownership, we knew this was the right application for us within the alternative fuel space. With propane being domestically produced, it’s proven to have a more stable cost per gallon, while the fueling and maintenance infrastructures are much more cost-effective than other alternative fuel options.”
ReadyRefresh’s additional Ford F-650/750 delivery trucks are each equipped with a ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system that provides 55 usable gallons of fuel “without compromising our standard delivery methods,” says Ardis.
The Ford 6.8L V10 3V engine with a ROUSH CleanTech fuel system is certified to 0.05 grams per brake horsepower-hour for nitrogen oxide (NOx). This engine is 75% cleaner than the current Environmental Protection Agency standard and 99% cleaner than diesel vehicles built before 2007, according to ROUSH CleanTech.
“ReadyRefresh’s heavier-duty trucks fueled by propane autogas reduce nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, when compared to diesel models,” says Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. “Propane autogas is an affordable, abundant American fuel that allows industry leaders like Nestle Waters to reduce their operating costs while helping to preserve the environment in which they work.”
The company’s vehicle operators cite additional benefits, including a quieter engine, powertrain performance equivalent to current diesel delivery vehicles, easy fueling and simple operation.
“Many of our drivers have provided positive feedback for the propane vehicles,” says Robert Austin, director of supply chain for Nestle Waters North America’s ReadyRefresh business unit. “We are excited about this strategic endeavor that will ultimately drive awareness, efficiency and sustainability. Our new fleet will ensure that ReadyRefresh is poised to meet our consumer’s needs and the delivery of our great brands while improving our environment.”
Nestle Waters North America will continue to replace older delivery vehicles with propane autogas to reach its goal of operating 52% on the alternative fuel by 2019.