Fuel Management

City of Temple, Texas, Transitioning Fleet to Propane Autogas

March 28, 2013

Curtis Donaldson, founder and CEO of CleanFUEL USA, presents ARRA funds to Ashley Williams, the City of Temple’s Sustainability and Grant Manager, and Sam Weed, Superintendent of Fleet Services. Photo courtesy CleanFUEL USA.
Curtis Donaldson, founder and CEO of CleanFUEL USA, presents ARRA funds to Ashley Williams, the City of Temple’s Sustainability and Grant Manager, and Sam Weed, Superintendent of Fleet Services. Photo courtesy CleanFUEL USA.

The City of Temple, Texas, is converting 11 vehicles to operate on propane autogas. The City estimates each vehicle will emit 1,295 lbs. less of CO2 emissions compared to gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles, and displace 1,600 gallons of conventional fuels, while saving between $2,500 and $3,000.

The conversion of these 11 vehicles builds on the City’s ongoing efforts to convert vehicles to operate on propane autogas. Last year, the City converted five vehicles to operate on this fuel and added an on-site fueling station. The City worked with CleanFUEL USA to install the fueling station and convert fleet vehicles.

The City partially funded the project with a grant from the U.S. Energy Department’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Texas State Technical College served as the lead grantee of the funds, which are designed to support the development of a national propane autogas refueling network and provide incentives to convert fleet vehicles to alternative fuels, along with training for “green” jobs.

“Propane autogas fits our Sustainability Management Plan perfectly since the fuel offers substantial savings and allows us to operate a cleaner fleet with a domestically produced alternative,” said Ashley Williams, sustainability and grant manager for the City of Temple.

According to the City’s Sustainability Management Plan, the municipality plans to convert the majority of its fleet vehicles so they can operate on alternative fuels.

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