Green Fleet

Ga. County Saved $563K in Fuel Costs With Propane Autogas

June 06, 2014

Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.
Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

DeKalb County, Ga., has saved $563,000 over the past six years by using propane autogas for 75 Ford F-Series trucks and some off-road equipment.

The county integrated bi-fuel gasoline and propane autogas sedans and pickup trucks into its fleet in the 1990s in an effort to cut fuel costs, according to ROUSH CleanTech. The county achieved the fuel cost reduction since 2009.

"The county saw savings right away in both costs and environmental integrity," said Richard Miller, fleet service superintendent for the county.

The city purchased 75 ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-Series pickup trucks with dedicated propane-autogas systems. These trucks, still in service, are used for code enforcement and revenue collection, and by department supervisors and superintendents. They feature an in-bed tank system, which fleet staff chose for maximum vehicle range.

Miller said the trucks get the same miles per gallon as their gasoline and diesel counterparts.

The city pays about $3 per gallon for gasoline and about $1.50 for propane-autogas. The city installed fueling sites when they first purchased propane-autogas vehicles. Four sites have 1,000-gallon tank capability, while two have 2,000-gallon tank capability, Miller said.

A local Ford dealership handles all vehicle maintenance for the trucks.

Miller said the county will continue to integrate propane autogas vehicles into their fleet. Use of the propane-autogas trucks allows the county to reduce its carbon footprint by about 320,000 pounds of carbon per year.

Comment On This Story

Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.


Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Recent Topics

I am requesting feedback on how often you replace street sweepers? Also, when you surplus the old sweeper, what has brought you the...

View Topic

City of Houston positions: Mechanic Helper $ 13.53 to $ 14.95 Hourly Mechanic 1 $ 15.68 to $ 17.33 Hourly Mechanic 2 $...

View Topic

Fleet Documents

1117 Fleet Documents (and counting) to Download!

Sponsored by

The professional tasks associated with managing a fleet of vehicles.

Read more

Alternative Fuel Locator

Use the Alternative Fuel Locator to find stations near you.

Launch Alternative Fuel Locator