Two Roush CleanTech propane autogas Ford F-250 pickup trucks have been demonstrating how propane autogas can perform in the sub-freezing Alaskan weather for the past nine months through a program coordinated by the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority.
Denali National Park and Preserve is also weighing propane autogas against various alternative fuel options for their fleet vehicles by testing the F-250s over a six-week span in the 6 million acre park.
“One of the reasons we’ve looked at moving toward propane autogas has been to lower the amount of conventional liquid fuels that move across our state and spill onto rural roads and inside national parks,” said John Quinley, assistant regional director for the National Park Services in Alaska.
“National Parks should be leaders in sound environmental practices because they are stewards of some of the most amazing landscapes in the country,” he added. “By weighing alternative fuel options like propane autogas, we’re taking steps toward reducing harmful environmental impacts. Propane has so much availability in Alaska, so utilizing these propane autogas vehicles is a great match for Alaska National Park Service.”
According to Roush, propane autogas received a welcome reception in Alaska with the success of last month’s Alaska Propane Technical Summit. Roush made the case for how propane autogas technology can promote job growth and environmental sustainability throughout the state, capturing the interest of local municipalities, government officials and other stakeholders, including Matanuska Electric Assn.
“Denali National Park and Preserve, with its remote, rugged terrain, is the perfect place to prove Roush CleanTech propane autogas technology is an environmentally sustainable and economically feasible alternative fuel that can perform in the starkest of conditions, while minimizing operational costs for the park,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for Roush CleanTech. “Environmentally friendly propane autogas can help keep our national parks beautiful for many generations to come.”