Fleet Managers Take a Turn in the (Propane-Powered) Driver Seat

A propane-powered pick-up, as converted by Roush. (image: trucktrend.com)

What does it feel like to sit behind the wheel of a propane-powered pick-up and goose the gas? We haven’t had the pleasure yet.

But folks dropping in at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis will get to see some of the latest models of autogas* vehicles tomorrow, as some of the propane industry’s top players talk up the alternative fuel to the country’s fleet operators. Between noon and 4:30 p.m., several propane-powered work trucks and vans will be puttering around the show’s Green Truck Ride-and-Drive, and attendees can take a test drive.

Autogas reps from the top three names in retail propane (AmeriGas, Ferrellgas, and Heritage Propane) are slated to be at the event. There will also be some members from the Propane Education & Research Council, CleanFuel USA, and Roush CleanTech — a company that converts engines to propane.

Propane has been powering cars in the United States since the 1920s. In the US, there are about 270,000 on-road propane cars — and it’s a safe bet most of those are fleet vehicles, like school buses or Schwan’s food trucks.

Have a look at the press release on the week’s trade show here.

*autogas = propane that goes in a car’s gas tank

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