Written on: April 4, 2023From the Propane Education & Research Council
North America’s largest work truck event was back to full strength for the first time since the pandemic, and attendees witnessed a clear transition from “electrify everything” to “get the right solutions, right now.”
Business was brisk at the PERC booth throughout Work Truck Week in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis March 7–10. A portable, dual-purpose fueling system from Propane Fueling Solutions drew steady stream of visitors and questions. The standalone unit allows fleets with various alternative fuel vehicles to refuel with propane autogas or recharge with DC level-3 fast chargers independent of the grid.
The booth also featured the Cummins B6.7-liter propane engine and an Alliance Autogas 7.3-liter bi-fuel engine.
“We were tied up the entire time in long, engaged conversations with people asking the right questions about how propane can help them,” observed Jim Bunsey, PERC’s director of commercial business development. “People are really ready to hear about propane.”
Meanwhile, at a sold-out Green Truck Summit, NTEA’s full-day advanced fuels and vehicle technology conference, propane Autogas was specifically cited by the first three presenters as a key component to balance emerging challenges with battery technology and electric vehicle deployment.
Cummins Inc. President and CEO Jennifer Rumsey delivered the event’s keynote. As a global power solutions technology leader, she reviewed Cummins’ plans for next-generation engines using diesel, gasoline, natural gas, and propane.
NTEA Show Attendees Searching for Solutions to EV Fleet Shortcomings
From the Desk of Steve Whaley, Director of Autogas Business Development
Mingling with trade show attendees is always an enlightening experience. Most want to pick your brain to learn ways to solve problems or get a jump on the competition through increased sustainability, productivity, and efficiency.
Almost 15,000 attendees at the NTEA Work Truck Week event were searching for those insights – and making deals when they found them.
At our PERC booth, a non-stop flow of work truck industry professionals, OEMs and government fleet representatives peppered us with questions about the latest propane Autogas technology. Most were searching for solutions to problems they’ve experienced pivoting from traditional diesel to electric fleet vehicles to meet imminent emissions goals. The conversations were energizing.
Visitors were particularly intrigued with the promise of the forthcoming Cummins 6.7-liter propane engine and the clean-burning, dual-purpose fueling system from Propane Fueling Solutions. That new system combines an efficient 60kW propane generator with wind and solar power to create a microgrid that allows fleets to affordably implement a drop-in charging solution. The skid also includes a refueling station for propane autogas vehicles.
For fleets that run propane autogas and EVs, it’s a solution that can’t be beat. It’s fully portable, scalable, runs reliably regardless of the weather, and can be installed in as little as 24 hours. No more worries about grid failure grounding a fleet because it can’t be charged with a clean, reliable power solution!