Ashley Williams, the city's sustainability and grant manager, tells NGT News that CleanFUEL USA will be converting 10 light-duty pickups (a mix of Ford and GM trucks) and one Chevy Tahoe. All of these vehicles will feature bi-fuel propane autogas systems from IMPCO Automotive.
Like a number of fleets, Temple had tried alternative fuels many years ago, and the results were less than stellar. But decades-old propane vehicle technologies are a far cry from what is available on the market today, with advanced systems having ironed out cold-start difficulties and related performance bugs.
Temple itself tried autogas again in 2011, using a ROUSH CleanTech platform. This time, the results were significantly better, leading to the conversion of two Crown Victoria police cruisers and three light-duty pickups. These propane vehicles have been in service in the municipal fleet since last summer.
Williams says the city is getting propane autogas for about $1.50/gallon, not including the $0.50/gallon federal alt-fuel excise tax credit. The vehicles refuel at the city's fleet service center, where STAR TEX Propane out of Waco had supplied a 1,000-gallon propane tank and associated refueling equipment.
Photo courtesy of the City of Temple