U.S. grocery company deploys 600 Autogas delivery trucks this year

Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., has recently deployed 200 Ford E-450 cutaways powered by LPG, with plans to lease an additional 400 units by the end of 2018, totalling 600 vehicles. “Total cost of ownership for Autogas is much lower than traditional fuels and other alternative technologies, which is why we are continually implementing the newest technology,” said Danielle Stariha, senior manager of fleet and procurement for Schwan’s Home Service.

Schwan’s Home Service, which has one of the larger privately held fleets in the United States, will take delivery of its first 200 Ford E-450 cutaway vehicles in May. Each frozen food delivery truck is equipped with a Ford 6.8L V10 engine and a ROUSH CleanTech Autogas fuel system.

Implementing alternative fuels is one way that Schwan’s Home Service helps meet its corporate environmental objectives. Each of the new Autogas truck emits about 91,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over its lifetime than a gasoline-powered vehicle. “Schwan’s long-time investment in Autogas is a testament to the staying power of this economical and domestically produced transportation fuel,” said Todd Mouw, president of ROUSH CleanTech.

Schwan’s is also concerned about the comfort of its drivers, who are behind the wheel delivering frozen food products to its residential and business customers. “Autogas vehicles are much quieter than equivalent diesel-powered vehicles, which leads to higher driver satisfaction,” said Ron Moore, vice president of warehouse and fleet operations for Schwan’s Home Service.

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23 May 2018