California ground transportation company Roadrunner Shuttle and Limousine Service is driving "green" airport service home as it becomes the first of its kind in Ventura County to adopt propane autogas as its alternative fuel of choice. Propane autogas is a cleaner-burning, domestically produced fuel choice that reduces harmful emissions that contribute to poor air quality.Roadrunner Shuttle's first four ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas Ford E-250s will hit the road this month, with another 20 added within the next year. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) requires service vehicle companies to run on alternative fuels by 2015.
"Roadrunner Shuttle is committed to giving our customers only the highest standard of service," explained Charles Sandlin, president of Roadrunner Shuttle. "To us, this includes cost-efficient transportation that is eco-friendly and reliable. We have found this combination in ROUSH CleanTech's propane autogas vans."
Compared to gasoline, propane autogas yields 60 percent less carbon monoxide, up to 24 percent less carbon dioxide, 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, and significantly fewer toxins, hydrocarbons, and other smog-producing emissions. Propane autogas can also play a role in mitigating climate change, as it is among the lowest life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of all commercially available fuels.
The propane autogas vans, certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), offer the longest range of any other alternative fuel on the market. CARB, the "clean air agency" of California, is charged with improving the air quality and reducing the public's exposure to air contaminants.
"Belts are being tightened for ground transportation companies, both environmentally and economically," said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing at ROUSH CleanTech. "We are excited Roadrunner Shuttle has chosen our CARB-certified propane autogas lineup of vehicles to help alleviate these pressures. Propane autogas is proven to reduce vehicle carbon emissions, while saving drivers 30 to 40 percent on operating costs when compared to gasoline vehicles."
Although Roadrunner will be refueling their shuttle vans on-site, propane autogas has a national infrastructure already in place, with thousands of stations across the United States. "Propane autogas is the world's third most common engine fuel and is available 'right here, right now' for fleet managers looking to follow in Roadrunner's footsteps," said Mouw.