LIVONIA, MI - Though they are not the biggest player in the propane industry, Kamps Propane is the biggest user of ROUSH propane-fueled vehicles in the western states. The family-owned company which prides itself on family values has 25 ROUSH propane vehicles in service throughout their distribution network.
Located in Manteca, Calif., Kamps Propane primarily services the northern California markets around Fresno, San Francisco, Sacramento and the surrounding communities. They have been in business since 1969, and claim a major reason for their high level of customer satisfaction is because they are local and based in the markets they serve.
According to Terry Ayres, vice-president of Kamps Propane, the company has a long history with Ford trucks so it was natural they would gravitate to the ROUSH conversions on the F-250 for their fleet.
"We've been buying Ford all along, pretty much since our company was founded," Ayres said. "ROUSH has the only propane conversion kit that is certified for the state so it was an easy and natural fit because of our company's preference for Ford products."
The 2010 ROUSH propane-fueled F-250 and F-350 with the 5.4L, V-8 engine has received CARB approval. This means that it meets the strict emission standards set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and can be sold in all 50-states.
Ayres says that his trucks run an average of 25,000 to 35,000 miles annually, and he is pleased with the operating cost savings by switching to propane as a vehicle fuel.
"We see savings of $1.50 to $1.70 per gallon based on the current pump prices and our distributor pricing on propane," he said. "It makes a lot of sense for us in the propane business to run our vehicles on the fuel we sell, and with the tax incentives on the upfit system and the 50-cent per-gallon tax credit on the fuel, it makes a lot of sense for the end user as well."
As an alternative fuel, propane offers a variety of advantages. It is available "right here, right now" with a national infrastructure already in place. Propane burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel, with up to 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide, 24 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and fewer particulate emissions when compared to gasoline. It is already the third most widely used fuel worldwide, following gasoline and diesel. Propane also plays a strong role in lowering our national dependence on foreign oil, as 90 percent of the propane used today comes from domestic sources of production.
Complete details on the ROUSH propane offerings can be found online at www.SwitchToPropane.com or by calling (800) 59-ROUSH.