FDOT District Six’s Road Ranger contractor recently transitioned its fleet of Road Ranger vehicles in Miami-Dade County from using diesel fuel to the cleaner, more-efficient propane gasoline. The transition was completed earlier this summer with the goal of reducing the service patrol’s carbon footprint and to promote the air quality of our community.
The District’s contractor installed a propane fuel station in their facility to support its multi-vehicle fleet that includes specially equipped pickup trucks, tow trucks, flat-bed trucks and a heavy-duty rotator. The switch to propane was made possible through the contractor’s coordination with local suppliers and is set to be a less costly option than conventional fuels. According to the United States Department of Energy, propane costs less than gasoline and offers a comparable driving range to conventional fuel. It also has a higher octane rating than gasoline (104 to 112 compared with 87 to 92 for gasoline) and potentially more horsepower. Propane’s high octane combined with its low-carbon and low oil-contamination characteristics have resulted in improved engine life and lower maintenance costs for high-mileage vehicles. These savings are set to extend the life cycle and efficiency of the fleet.
For more information about propane gas, please visit the U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center located here.