U.S. auto parts provider launches Autogas truck fleet and fuelling station

LKQ Corporation, the largest North American provider of recycled auto parts for cars and light-duty trucks, has opened a brand new Autogas fuelling system, announcing the expansion of 19 new LPG-powered trucks in its delivery fleet at one of the company’s locations in Garner, North Carolina. The new vehicles, conversions and fuelling system, which will help improve air quality in North Carolina and save the company on fuel costs, were funded by N.C. Clean Energy Technology Centre (NCCETC)’s Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project.

“The transition of our fleet of 19 delivery trucks to LPG shows that we are continuing to express our commitment to a cleaner environment for future generations,” commented Keven Ange, LKQ General Manager Raleigh-Wilmington North Carolina. “LKQ Raleigh is proud to support our team, employees, customers and our environment.”

“Today, all 100 counties in North Carolina currently meet national air quality standards. We could not have said that five years ago. Forward-thinking fleet organisations like LKQ are directly responsible for this achievement and for keeping our air clean,” said Allison Carr, Interim Training Specialist at the NCCETC. “All of us locally – and LKQ – will benefit from a diverse fleet of vehicles. You all know that concept of sustainability is about benefiting people, the planet, and prosperity. These vehicles will certainly support all of those goals.”

Campbell-Parnell, a company that works to promote a cleaner environment through the utilisation of EPA-Certified alternative fuel conversion systems, provided LKQ’s new LPG technology. Greenwood Propane Autogas (GPA) also partnered with LKQ on this project. It will be proving the efficacy of Autogas technology with LKQ, and anticipates displacing an excess of 100,000 gallons of gasoline per year.

LKQ is now looking to grow its Autogas footprint with additional locations such as Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina.

The CFAT programme, supported by federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement funds, works to improve air quality by reducing emissions from cars and trucks on the road. From 2018 to 2019 alone, the CFAT programme helped convert a total of 128 vehicles to LPG. For more information, please check this link.

19 August 2020