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Nestlé Waters North America cites lower emissions, cost cuts with alternatively fueled delivery trucks.
Environmental stewardship is just one reason Nestlé Waters North America is adding more than 150 medium-duty beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas — but it’s a big motivation: Over the vehicles’ lifetime, the 155 Ford F-650 trucks will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 24.6 million pounds. These units will be deployed beginning in April.
“Becoming a better steward of our environment is a priority for Nestlé Waters,” said Bill Ardis, national fleet manager for Nestlé Waters North America, speaking at the NTEA Work Truck Show. “We’ve been running propane autogas vehicles since 2014. Because of the proven emissions reductions and cost savings, we knew it was the right choice to expand our fleet with this domestically produced alternative fuel.”
The new medium-duty delivery trucks, added to the company’s existing autogas fleet of 30 Ford trucks of the same model, will also help the company save on maintenance and fuel costs.
“Customers have already noticed that our trucks operating on autogas are quieter and cleaner,” Ardis said.
Each delivery truck is equipped with a California Air Resources Board- and Environmental Protection Agency-compliant ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system with a 45-usable gallon fuel tank.
The Nestlé Waters North America propane trucks are used to deliver product to its customers across the country including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Milwaukee and Fort Lauderdale. Deployments in 2016 will include New York City, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
About Nestlé Waters North America: Nestlé Waters North America provides people with an unrivaled portfolio of bottled waters for healthy hydration. Brands such as NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE®, POLAND SPRING®, PERRIER® and S. PELLEGRINO® have driven Nestlé Waters North America to be the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S.
Super Shuttle, an airport transportation service with franchises across the U.S., saves about 50-60 percent on fuel costs by operating vehicles on clean, domestically produced propane autogas. Super Shuttle vehicle fleets in Phoenix, Ariz.; Denver and Fort Collins, Colo.; and Orlando, Fla. have been using the alternative fuel since 2009, while Super Shuttle Houston has been using autogas for 18 months.
Each Super Shuttle location uses propane dedicated Ford E-350 vans from ROUSH CleanTech; there are 160 vans nationwide and 30 at Super Shuttle Houston. The average Super Shuttle driver uses 10,000 gallons of propane annually. Super Shuttle leadership cites several reasons for the transition to propane autogas, including dramatic reductions in fuel costs for franchise owners and operators, significantly reduced harmful emissions compared to gasoline, and the national security benefits of reduced dependency on foreign oil.
“National vehicle fleets like Super Shuttle are leading the way in going green by choosing propane autogas,” said Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT). “Propane autogas significantly reduces harmful emissions and greenhouse gases, making it a more environmentally conscious choice than gasoline or diesel.”
Propane autogas is widely available in Texas, with more than 700 refueling stations across the state. Super Shuttle Houston chooses to refuel at public stations near the airport, but other Super Shuttle franchises have installed on-site refueling stations at an affordable price. Super Shuttle isn’t the only fleet to recognize the benefits of propane autogas. Across the globe, more than 21 million vehicles run on propane autogas, and here in Texas, private businesses, municipalities, and more than 75 independent school districts operate vehicles, mowers and off-road equipment on the alternative fuel.
The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) created the Super Shuttle case study as part of its Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas campaign. The public awareness campaign has traveled across the state and produced a wide range of educational materials to promote the benefits of running vehicles and mowers on clean-burning propane autogas. To find out more about propane autogas, visit FuelingTexas.com .
About the Propane Council of Texas
The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 dedicated to educating the public and the propane industry on safety and on the newest clean-burning propane technologies. ProCOT is the state entity that represents the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), which was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) of 1996. The program is funded with small fees from the propane industry and goes to fund several safety programs, as well as the commercialization of new propane technology. Visit www.procot.org for more information.