Alternative Fuel Initiatives for Town of Greenburgh could save town 40% off of cost of fuel in vehicles
The Greenburgh Town Board discussed a major new initiative that can help the town reduce fuel costs for our vehicle fleet, reduce dependency on foreign oil and enable us to go green with our fleet.
There are many types of alternative fuels available today that reduces our reliance on foreign oil. Propane “LPG” and Compressed Natural Gas “CNG” are too leading alternative fuels that fleets have successfully switched to. LPG is being used with smaller vehicle platforms such as taxis, limos, police vehicles, vans, SUVs and mini buses. CNG is being used for larger vehicles platforms such as sanitation vehicles, large trucks and buses. Both of these alternative fuels are domestically produced and can substantially reduce fuel costs up to 50%.
Over the past 10 years, new technologies to convert vehicles from gasoline to alternative fuels have been used throughout the United States. Municipalities have successfully integrated these technologies for their police fleets, sanitation vehicles, public transportation vehicles and government vehicles. Commercial businesses have converted service vans, buses, limousines and SUVs to lower costs and dependability on foreign oil. The question is not if, but when.
The Town of Greenburgh will be launching an alternative fuel test program later this year. The town will be converting 3-4 vehicles to run on both gasoline and propane. Based on the results of this test, the town hopes to convert other vehicles in the coming years. This is a great opportunity to help its businesses community by following their lead. Beside the positive environmental impact, Greenburgh should be able to save approximately 40% off the cost of fuel for each converted vehicle. It’s a win-win for us.
The Town of Greenburgh will be working with The Alliance to execute this endeavor. The Alliance includes American Alternative Fuel “AAF” the technology vendor who certifies the conversion kits; Paraco Gas “Paraco” the supplier of the LPG fuel; and 4 Star Auto Services “4 Star” who converts the vehicles and provides maintenance and emergency service. There are several other Municipalities in Westchester County working with The Alliance. AAF has converted more than 10,000 vehicles in North America and has hundreds of customers including DHL, UPS, the Raleigh NC Police Department, and the Sheriff Department of Jackson County, GA.
Some Advantages of Propane “LPG”
· Unlike natural gas, propane distribution and infrastructure does not rely on an inflexible underground pipeline network.
· Propane is easily transported over land, and fueling station placement does not depend on proximity to gas pipelines, as is necessary for compressed natural gas (CNG) stations.
· Propane “LPG” has the most extensive infrastructure network for any alternative fuel in the country.
· Propane fueled vehicles are perhaps the most affordable alternative fuel vehicles on the market today – especially the light-duty trucks and passenger cars that most Americans drive.s
· Propane infrastructure and incremental costs are much lower than those for Compressed Natural Gas. Paraco is providing the fueling station at no cost.
· Propane reduces carbon emissions (CO2) by about 20% compared to gasoline or diesel.
· Propane reduces nitrogen oxide (NOX) between 42 and 78 percent compared to gasoline or diesel. P ahaps