UPS Buying 1,000 Propane-Fueled Delivery Trucks

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UPS to add 1,000 propane fueled trucks to their fleet and 50 refueling stations.The United Parcel Service, aka UPS, recently announced on Wednesday March 5, 2014 their intention to invest $70 million in order to purchase 1,000 propane-fueled delivery trucks.  The investment includes plans to build 50 fueling stations.  This announcement bears good news for the propane industry, and comes on the heels of their dismal winter season, which led to a supply shortage in the Midwest regions.

The trucks, which the company is purchasing from Daimler AG’s Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, are slated to replace all existing gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles in the rural areas’ of Louisiana and Oklahoma.  UPS additionally plans to further expand their fleet of propane-fueled delivery trucks to other states within the United States in the near future.  They already run a fleet of 900 propane fueled trucks in Canada.

“Propane is a clean-burning fuel that lowers operating costs and is readily accessible especially on rural routes in the United States,” UPS Chief Operating Officer David Abney said in interview.  “Propane costs about $1.25 to $1.50 a gallon less than gasoline or diesel and gets similar mileage.”

In recent years, the popularity of alternative fueled vehicles has become a viable choice, considering its economical price and high supply rates.  There are currently 200,000 propane-powered vehicles on U.S. roads.  Last year, Mesa Arizona’s Public Schools made the decision to convert, and run 61 of their buses on propane auto gas alone.  UPS is anticipating their fleet’s transition to propane to be completed early next year.

UPS’s desire to sustain the environment with the greatest economical results can already be evidenced in their 3,150 alternative fuel and advanced technology.  These vehicles include all-electric hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, CNG, LNG, propane, biomethane and light-weight fuel-saving composite body vehicles.  UPS quite literally has one of the nation’s largest privately owned alternative fuel fleets.

For more information on how you too can convert your vehicle to propane, please feel free to contact us – Arizona Propane – at (480) 990-2245 or visit our website at www.arizonapropane.com today.  Together we can sustain the environment and make a brighter future for further generations to come!

Propane-Fueled Farm Equipment Incentives

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Farmers looking for innovative new ways to power their farm equipment can take advantage of purchase incentives of up to $5,000 when they purchase eligible propane-fueled farm equipment in 2014.  These incentives are part of the Propane Education & Research Council’s (PERC) attempt to reduce harmful impacts on the environment as well as help farmers improve their bottom line.

In 2013, the PERC saw record results, distributing more than $627,000 in purchase incentives to farmers across all 50 states.  This number is reflective of 219 farmers purchasing new propane-fueled irrigation engines, grain dryers and other eligible equipment.  To receive these incentives it was required that farmers supply feedback and performance data to the PERC.

Those farmers looking to purchase cost-effective and efficient propane-fueled equipment in 2014 can receive purchase incentives up to $5,000 on eligible equipment by simply filling out an enrollment application.  As in year’s past, performance data and feedback will be required prior to receiving incentives.  According to the PERC, nearly 865,000 farms in the U.S. currently use propane to run pumps and engines, heat buildings and process crops.

“Propane is an extremely versatile fuel, and PERC is continually working with manufacturers to improve and build on existing technology,” Leitman said. “The feedback and performance data we receive from farmers who participate in the Propane Farm Incentive Program helps us build better technology to meet the needs of those who use it the most: farmers.”

For more information regarding the Propane Farm Incentive Program and eligible equipment you can contact us – Arizona Propane – at (480) 990-2245.  To learn more about our company and our services please feel free to browse our website at arizonapropane.com today.

Should drivers be nervous about using auto-gas in their cars?

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The answer to this question is very simple, NO, actually propane has better safety records than gasoline, the auto-gas is in a puncture resistant tank, and if that’s not enough, there are other safety systems to ensure that no gas escapes.

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Now that you know, driving an auto-gas car is not only safety but also cheaper, you might be wondering, Can a normal car run on Auto-gas? and the answer is, Yes, you can convert any car to auto-gas, the conversion cost around $5.000, if you are thinking that $5.000 is too much money, think again, after the first  25.000 miles you recovered the investment, by saving money at the pump.

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If you were worried about, driving an auto-gas vehicle, you should put those feeling aside, it is more safety than driving an Gasoline car, you will be saving money from your pocket, and helping the environment.

Here is a short video demonstrating how Auto-gas is more safety than normal gasoline cars.

 

Getting Educated on Propane

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Ever wonder if other Americans, like you, have been interested in converting their vehicles to propane autogas? Being able to save on fuel, and possibly qualifying for government tax credits are just two of the benefits.

Recently in Mesa Arizona, public schools have made the decision to go green in a way that will revolutionize transportation. A count of 61 school buses, now being fueled by propane auto gas, makes this our nations first complete fleet. It is estimated that in a mere 5 years Mesa schools will reap benefits estimating at $4.4 million in saving alone!

Autogas is a mixture of propane and butane and is also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). A more common use for auto gas is in the household generator. It is the third most popular fuel in the world, being used as “green fuel” and reducing exhaust emission by 25%. After many years of trial and error in trying to pinpoint the best and most cost effective way to become environmentally friendly, Mesa Public Schools found it out and is now the leader in alternative fuel both in district and nationwide. Starting a trend, Mesa Public Schools has helped skyrocket propane autogas school bus sales to an all-time high.

Since February 2012 more than 270,000 auto gas vehicles have hit the streets in an effort to help save the planet, accounting for a mere 2% of the world’s total. In an effort to make converting easier and hassle free for America, the United States has over 2.843 autogas fueling stations across the country. Ever reaching above the curve, the goal of Mesa Public Schools is to become the first fleet in the nation to run a 100% all propane autogas fleet. Mesa’s director of transportation and vehicle maintenance, Ron Latko, happily accepted an award for leadership in converting to low emission. Latko said, “We are committed to showing parents and residents in our community that we’re doing everything we can to be fiscally and environmentally responsible…”. He finished with, “The fuel is green, safe, and proven, and we plan to keep converting diesel buses until we run 100 percent on propane autogas.”.

For more information on Mesa Schools’ effort
resource at : http://www.stnonline.com/home/latest-news/5638-arizona-school-district-receives-propane-award-for-fleet-of-alt-fuel-school-buses-

For more info on converting your vehicle to propane contact us — Arizona Propane (480) 990-2245 or visit our website today!

* Talk to your tax adviser about if/how you qualify for tax credit benefits.

Propane vs. Gasoline

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The Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report has been released and with it some interesting stats on nationwide fuel prices.  Here is an overview of propane vs. gasoline.

Propane National Average per gallon = $2.73

Regular Gasoline National Average per gallon = $3.65

“ Propane prices are lower than gasoline in all regions of the country on a per-gallon basis.  Overall, propane was about 92 cents per gallon less than gasoline, with the largest average price differential of $1.16 per gallon found in the Midwest region. Propane prices in this report are from both private fleet refueling stations and public refueling sites that can provide propane for vehicles and for other uses.” ~Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report, July 2013

Resource Report: To review the complete report – click here

Did You Know?  A gallon of propane has approximately 91,000 BTUs of energy content and a gallon of gasoline has around 125,000 BTUs of energy content. Therefore, in order for a propane gallon to be equivalent in energy content to gasoline it would actually costs the consumer more money.  A lower BTU is better, it reduces the overall amount of energy. Furthermore, the savings with propane continues since it is not subjected to federal and/or state taxes, which could adds another 65-98c per gallon to the cost of gasoline.

Resource Article: To better understand BTUs – click here

With those stats it’s clear that propane is a money saver. Let’s spread the good news about propane saving people money! You can save too! Contact us at Arizona Propane for more information. Arizona Propane is capable of converting vehicles over to propane. We have certified technicians, as well as, certified inspectors. We also repair vehicles that have been converted to propane. For more information on alternative fuels, contact Bob Evans at (480) 990-2245 or send us an email.

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