Six months after converting its shuttles to propane, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Parking has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20.8 tons and saved 50% in fuel costs compared with gasoline. General Manager Brandi Casimir made the decision to switch the company’s fleet of 10 Ford E-450 passenger shuttles to propane in October 2014, and her initial motivation was to gain a competitive advantage in a market with new and growing competition.
Blue Star Gas, which projected a return on investment in just seven months, converted the parking shuttles to the Prins Vapor Sequential Injection system and installed two 1,000-gallon on-site propane fueling tanks and dispensers. One of the deciding factors for Casimir on converting to the Prins System was that it could be transferred from vehicle to vehicle as Sky Harbor Airport Parking made future renovations to its fleet.
“Our shuttles travel an average of 65,000 miles per year, making the eight-minute round-trip from the parking facility to the airport terminal nearly 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Casimir said. “We usually replace them after five years of service. In the end, we wouldn’t have converted our fleet unless this type of transition was possible.”
Sky Harbor Airport Parking is the latest customer Blue Star Gas has acquired as the company expands into the Phoenix area. Blue Star Gas currently services several fleets, has installed three fuelling stations and supplies more than a million gallons of propane to the city each year. According to Darren Engle, Director of Government Relations for Blue Star Gas, bringing more low-carbon alternative fuels to Phoenix is important because of the city’s air quality challenges.
Source: Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Parking