California ground transportation company Roadrunner Shuttle and Limousine Service announced that it has adopted clean-burning domestically produced propane autogas as its alternative low-emissions fuel of choice. Roadrunner Shuttle’s first four Roush CleanTech propane autogas Ford E-250s will hit the road this month, with another 20 added within the next year.
Los Angeles International Airport requires service vehicle companies to run on alternative fuels by 2015. “Roadrunner Shuttle is committed to giving our customers only the highest standard of service,” says Charles Sandlin, president of Roadrunner Shuttle. “To us, this includes cost-efficient transportation that is eco-friendly and reliable. We have found this combination in Roush CleanTech’s propane autogas vans.”
Compared to gasoline, propane autogas yields 60 percent less carbon monoxide, up to 24 percent less carbon dioxide, 20 percent less nitrogen oxide and fewer toxins, hydrocarbons and other smog-producing emissions, and is among the lowest lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of all commercially available fuels. The propane autogas vans are certified by the California Air Resources Board.
“Belts are being tightened for ground transportation companies, both environmentally and economically,” says Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing at Roush CleanTech. “We are excited Roadrunner Shuttle has chosen our CARB-certified propane autogas lineup of vehicles to help alleviate these pressures. Propane autogas is proven to reduce vehicle carbon emissions, while saving drivers 30 to 40 percent on operating costs when compared to gasoline vehicles.”
Although Roadrunner will be refueling their shuttle vans onsite, propane autogas has a national infrastructure already in place, with thousands of stations across the United States, Mouw says. “Propane autogas is the world’s third most common engine fuel and is available right here, right now for fleet managers looking to follow in Roadrunner’s footsteps,” he says.