U.S. major beer distributor rolls out Autogas delivery trucks

Southern Eagle Distributing, one of the oldest continual Anheuser-Busch distributorships in the United States, has purchased Autogas vehicles to reduce both emissions and fuel costs. The trucks will be used in Charleston, South Carolina, to deliver over 600 beverage types.

“We have adopted Autogas technology to reduce our overall emissions and create a more environmentally friendly and green fleet,” said Jim Henderson, vice president of operations for Southern Eagle Distributing. “We care about and support our local communities and want to impact them positively. A less polluting fleet benefits everyone.”

The new Ford F-650 delivery trucks are each equipped with a Ford 6.8L V10 3V engine with a ROUSH CleanTech fuel system. These LPG engines are certified to 0.05 grams per brake horsepower-hour for nitrogen oxide. This engine is 75% cleaner than the current Environmental Protection Agency standard and 99% cleaner than diesel vehicles built before 2007.

“By choosing Autogas, Southern Eagle is reducing harmful emissions for its community and its employees,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. “This domestically produced energy continues to grow rapidly in the transportation market as thousands of fleets experience the clean and economic benefits.”

Southern Eagle Distributing will test its first two Autogas trucks this year. “We are optimistic that the test will be successful,” added Henderson. “Autogas is easy to scale. We will continue to evaluate our fleet needs into 2019, and I am hopeful we will be adding more Autogas vehicles as we replace older units.”

Southern Eagle Distributing will open an Autogas station with a 1,000-gallon tank at its Charleston location to fuel the trucks. The company will save more than 40% on fuel compared with current diesel prices and expects to reduce maintenance expenses, too. If you want to know more please, visit this link.

14 March 2018