USA: New Autogas truck launched to be used at terminals and ports


Power Solutions International, Inc. (PSI) announced that TICO Manufacturing recently launched a new propane (LP) terminal tractor powered by the PSI 8.8-liter engine at the 2016 Alternative Clean Transportation “ACT” Expo. The new tractor is one of the first products that TICO is launching after signing a supply agreement with PSI.

Under the terms of the agreement, PSI will design and integrate a family of customized propane engines into TICO’s Pro-Spotter terminal tractors. TICO terminal tractors are used at distribution centres, rail terminals and ports.

“We are very excited to begin what we hope will be a long and successful relationship with PSI,” said TICO General Manager Frank Tubbert. “With this partnership, we are building a strong position to capture emerging opportunities with a family of LPG engines. I think we have hit a home run here.”

PSI’s high-performance 8.8-liter engine and Allison automatic transmission are capable of fulfilling the power, efficiency, emissions and fuel-flexibility demands across a wide range of applications, including medium-duty trucks, buses and recreational vehicles, as well as terminal, port, warehouse and distribution applications.

Gary Winemaster, PSI’s Chairman and CEO, said: “As markets continue to respond to the growing costs and complexity of meeting emission standards by shifting to alternative fuels, we are building relationships with OEMs like TICO to offer engine alternatives that are lighter, less expensive, less complex, and cleaner than diesel.”

According to PERC’s Chief Business Development Officer, Tucker Perkins, the TICO propane-fuelled tractor represents a tremendous opportunity for ports and terminals to both reduce emissions and lower total vehicle operation costs by saving on fuel and maintenance.