CleanFUEL USA, a supplier of alternative fuel infrastructure and liquid propane engine systems, has announced a partnership with Capacity of Texas, Inc., to develop and certify the country’s first terminal trucks utilizing its cleaner-burning, liquid propane injection (LPI) engine on a General Motors (GM) 8L platform. The new line of Capacity propane-powered off-road trucks is targeted to meet the demand for alternate-fueled vehicles in port communities that are challenged to comply with stricter emissions rules.
“Environmentally-friendly and cost-effective terminal trucks are key advantages for our fleet customers today,” said Phillip Ford, Capacity of Texas President. “Especially those that operate in ship yards that no longer permit older vehicles to be ‘grandfathered’ in by emissions laws that were set the year the vehicle was manufactured. As the first propane-powered OEM terminal truck designed with CleanFUEL’s advanced LPI system, we believe this new cargo-carrier will fill an immediate market need for clean tractor trucks when it hits the market in 2012.”
Propane is the most widely used transportation fuel after gasoline and diesel. About 15 million cars and trucks worldwide are powered by propane today, and it is gaining popularity as a transportation fuel because of its cost – roughly 40-50 percent less than gasoline/diesel per gallon – and its environmental benefits. Propane produces 87 percent less hydrocarbons and 50 percent fewer toxins than gasoline. Propane is also an approved alternative fuel under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and qualifies for several alternative fuel vehicle tax incentives.