Propane Education & Research Council Funds Two Dedicated Propane Engine Projects
Washington, DC (February 17, 2006) — The Propane Education & Research Council met via an hour-long conference call on February 16, approving a pair of engine fuel projects that will ultimately lead to the commercialization of a dedicated propane-powered Ford F-150 pickup truck and a propane-powered Blue Bird school bus.
Roush Industries will design and develop a modified production light truck in partnership with Ford Motor Company using liquid propane injection to meet the government regulations and the customer requirements for a practical vehicle that uses propane rather than gasoline or diesel fuel.
Blue Bird Corporation, in partnership with Powertrain Integration, will develop, test, and market a dedicated propane version of its Vision school bus. This 72-passenger bus represents the model and size with the largest market potential as identified in PERC’s 2002 study of propane school buses.
“One of the top priorities of the propane industry’s engine fuel program is to develop new opportunities for the fleet market,” said Brian Feehan, PERC’s managing director of engine fuel programs. “The Ford F-150 and Blue Bird proposals represent two extremely strong market opportunities for the propane industry that could result in a significant number of new gallons of propane sold each year.”
In other Council business:
- Bill Platz, Delta Liquid Energy (Paso Robles, CA), was appointed by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) to fill the Council seat vacated by Ralph Rooney.
- The Council authorized the release of the Propane Incident Data Collection Report pending the development of a communications plan.
- The Council approved a $2,572.50 change order to Docket 11869 that would translate the industry’s safe grilling materials into Spanish.
- The Council approved funding for Docket 11940, the 2006 Capitol Action Plan (CAP), a joint effort between NPGA and PERC that aims to inform opinion leaders and decision makers in Washington, DC about propane and its role in the U.S. economy. The 2006 CAP program includes the Propane Days event, which is scheduled for May 1-3 in Washington.
- Councilors received a preliminary report on the 2004 API survey results and discussed a correction made in how certain transfers of propane between Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts (PADDs) are accounted for. Possible methodological changes to minimize the impact of year-to-year changes in API survey results on state rebate funds will be discussed at the Council’s April meeting.
The Council approved funding for the following grants:
Docket 11942 – Propane Light Duty Vehicle - Dedicated Propane F-150 Pick-Up, Roush Industries, $1,059,410
Docket 11943 – Commercialization of a Dedicated Propane Blue Bird School Bus, Blue Bird Corporation, $859,494
Docket 11940 – 2006 Capital Action Program (CAP 2), National Propane Gas Association and the Propane Education & Research Council, $675,000
The Council will next meet April 6-7 in Atlanta.