Autogas vehicles help Philadelphia airport parking fleet reduce costs


Increased operating efficiency and decreased emissions have been two of the many benefits for an off-airport parking company operating buses fuelled with Autogas. Colonial Airport Parking transports travellers to and from Philadelphia International Airport and, since turning to LPG, the thriving business has cut fuel costs by 32% and bus maintenance costs by 28.4%. Moreover, the current Autogas fleet will emit 730,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.

“By choosing Autogas, we have reduced our carbon footprint, improved our operating efficiency, better served our customers and prevented local residents from breathing in a lot of unnecessary pollution,” said John Groden, operations manager for Colonial Airport Parking.

After researching various types of conventional and alternative fuels, the company purchased two E-450 shuttles, each equipped with a ROUSH CleanTech engine. Three years later, the company now operates eight state-of-the-art Autogas shuttles. Two remaining gasoline buses will be replaced next year, making the fleet 100% Autogas-fuelled.

The airport shuttle company applied for a grant through the state of Pennsylvania, which covered half of the incremental cost of the shuttles, although according to Groden, even without the funding, the vehicles would have paid for themselves very quickly.

With their near-constant use, the company’s 3-year old shuttles “already have 140,000 miles on them, and have had no issues other than routine maintenance,” Groden said. “Our mechanic is astonished at how clean the oil is when our Autogas vehicles are due for service, and our drivers say that these vehicles function better than our gasoline vehicles, especially during cold winter months.”

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