After a successful alternative fuels pilot, AmeriPride Services, one of the largest textile rental and supply companies in North America, is expanding its program to include additional propane autogas fueled trucks. In addition to the five ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-59 delivery trucks in Topeka, the company is adding 20 more in Northern California later this year.
“We’ve been extensively testing fuels and vehicles to find the right area and application that gives us the best environmental and economic benefits,” said Banny Allison, fleet services manager for AmeriPride. “Propane autogas reduces greenhouse gas emissions and has easy, cost-efficient fueling infrastructure. Because of our success in Kansas, we are implementing the same propane autogas vehicles in the Sacramento and Fresno areas.”
Each of AmeriPride’s propane-powered trucks will emit about 95,000 fewer pounds of CO2 emissions over its lifetime. To fuel this fleet, the company installed a private autogas station with 1,000-gallon tank at their Topeka facility. Infrastructure for propane is less expensive than any other alternative fuel, partly due to fewer requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency.
“AmeriPride has long been a champion for supporting the environment and the communities they serve,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. “Emissions-reducing, domestically produced propane autogas has met their criteria and now they are ready to expand into different markets with reliable Ford F-59 workhorses.”