Government fleet managers try propane vehicles at FedFleet

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Updated Jul 21, 2010

At the National Motor Vehicle and Aviation Workshops and Exposition (FedFleet) in Phoenix on Tuesday, July 13, Roush Performance and Heritage Propane showcased a propane vehicle and a commercial propane lawnmower designed to cut carbon and particulate emissions and reduce operating costs.

FedFleet offered federal, state and local government fleet managers, vehicle manufacturers, industry partners and operations and maintenance managers the chance to get inside a propane-fueled Ford E-250 cargo van from Roush and to inspect a zero-turn-radius Ferris propane-fueled lawnmower at the Propane Pavilion.

“The goal of this conference is to enhance motor vehicle performance of government fleets,” says Brian Feehan, vice president of the Propane Education & Research Council. “Propane-fueled vehicles offer a domestic solution that can help government fleet operators save money and reduce greenhouse gases immediately, all while delivering the same or better performance.”

According to the Department of Energy, more than 7,000 government-owned vehicles run on propane. Government-owned alternative fuel vehicles displace about 10 million gallons of gasoline annually. Propane powers 270,000 U.S. vehicles and more than 13 million worldwide.