Florida service patrol fleet refuels one-millionth gallon of Autogas
Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Road Ranger Service Patrol Fleet started using Autogas in 2015 with the help of Roy Jorgensen Associates, a roadway and fleet maintenance provider and FDOT’s subcontract partner, which collaborated with Alliance AutoGas (AAG) to begin a pilot Autogas programme. Since then, the fleet that provides free highway assistance services during incidents has refuelled one million gallons of LPG.
“Our Autogas programme has been an eye-opener on what alternative fuel can do for fleets,” said Ernie Molina, vice president of Roy Jorgensen Associates. “The cost saving benefit compared to diesel or gasoline was evident, however, the other benefits make a big difference for the Road Ranger fleet.” One of those benefits include AAG providing the infrastructure for a personal refuelling centre. “The maintenance vehicles have to refuel often, as they’re providing service 24/7 every day of the year. Having access to our own refuelling station for whenever we need it is a game changer,” he added.
From extreme temperatures to hurricane season, the Florida climate requires durable transportation. The majority of the vehicles in the Road Ranger Patrol Fleet travel more than 100,000 miles annually. “One aspect that we like about our Autogas vehicles and working with AAG is how reliable the systems are. We can count on these vehicles no matter what the weather conditions are, and we do not have to worry about fuel prices inflating like gasoline or diesel. We also save on things such as DEF fluid,” noted Molina.
Another key aspect Jorgensen was interested in when they started the Autogas pilot programme was making a difference environmentally. For the Road Ranger fleet, using more than a million gallons of LPG is the equivalent to planting 280,761 trees that grow for 10 years according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculations. “Knowing the environmental difference Jorgensen and the Road Ranger fleet has made by using a million gallons of Autogas is quite remarkable. We continue to be impressed by the Road Ranger Autogas programme and we will be mindful of what it can provide moving forward,” he added.
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25 November 2020