New Products & Research Highlights
One goal of the Propane Education & Research Council is to encourage and assist original equipment manufacturers and others to develop and deliver high performance propane-fueled products.
Through PERC's investment in leadership and partnering with Freightliner Custom Chassis, Powertrain Integration, and CleanFuel USA we've brought propane autogas into the medium-duty fleet world by developing the S2G bobtail and crane truck. Watch the video to hear what propane marketers have to say about how these vehicles are benefitting their business - and how they might benefit yours.
Also in the on-road market, PERC has partnered with the nation’s top three school bus manufacturers, Blue Bird, Thomas Built Buses, and IC Bus, to offer propane-autogas vehicles.
Blue Bird Corp. is installing Ford 6.8-liter engines and the Roush CleanTech liquid propane system in its Type C 78-passenger Vision bus, and two models of its Micro Bird buses with seating for 30 and 24 passengers.
Collins Bus Corp. launched its Nexbus line of Type A midsize school buses with several autogas-fueled versions. Collins worked with CleanFuel USA and is using the GM Gas 6-liter chassis.
Thomas Built Buses introduced its Minotour and Saf-T-Liner C2 lines of autogas-fueled buses. The Minotour seats up to 30 and is powered by a GM 6.0-liter engine, while the C2 seats up to 81 and uses a liquid propane injection system from CleanFuel USA.
IC Bus now offers a propane autogas option for its CE Series. It will be powered by a Power Solutions International 8.8-liter propane engine.
In the commercial mowing sector, PERC has worked with leading brands as they developed and marketed propane versions of their popular models. Original equipment manufacturers that are producing propane mowers include Bob-Cat, Dixie Chopper, Exmark, Gravely, Kubota, Snapper Pro, Toro, and Zipper.
In the residential market, PERC's research and development investments paid off as Generac launched a second portable propane-fueled generator, the larger LP5500, to join its portable LP3250.
Last year PERC put a greater focus on irrigation engines in the agricultural sector, with both Origin Engines and Power Solutions Inc. (PSI) bringing out equipment. Origin's 8.0-liter and its 10.3-liter industrial engines are available as propane models. PSI notes that propane is produced domestically and clean burning, and that its low carbon and low oil contamination extend engine life.