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Equipment Fleet Profile
- 3 Ford F-550 V10 6.8L propane autogas bi-fuel tow trucks
- 1 2,000-gallon propane tank and refueling station at the company’s headquarters with weekly tank refills serviced by its propane retailer
- 1 Propane-powered standby generator at AATR headquarters
- 300-MILE RANGE in Orlando traffic on a single fill.
- HAPPY DRIVERS reported a smoother ride in the propane vehicles.
- 12 PERCENT reduction of greenhouse gases while running on propane autogas compared to gasoline.
- 30-50 PERCENT less per gallon on average compared to other fuels.
Towing and recovery companies are used to cleaning up when something goes wrong. In the case of AATR Towing & Recovery in Orlando, Florida, it incorporated propane autogas into its light- and medium-duty tow trucks to clean up the fleet’s carbon footprint while also bringing with it cost savings and improved driver satisfaction.
The company has 42 trucks ranging from light- to ultra-heavy-duty tow to handle its transport and relocation operations. In 2017, AATR owner, Adam Karim Ayed, converted three tow trucks to certified bi-fuel systems to test propane autogas’ capabilities for his operation. The certified bi-fuel systems allow the trucks to operate on propane autogas as the primary fuel (and reap the fuel’s lower total cost-of-ownership benefits), but still have a reserve tank of gasoline to eliminate range anxiety.
The propane autogas bi-fuel vehicles were so successful that AATR is in the process of converting 10 more of its trucks to propane autogas bi-fuel systems by the end of 2018, with plans to have all of the company’s light- and medium-duty trucks converted in the coming years.
“The cost of operation is cheaper when everything is factored in. Plus, the trucks run smoother and it’s cleaner for the environment.” Adam Karim Ayed, AATR Owner
“I think it would be a no-brainer for anybody in the towing and recovery industry to use propane.” Adam Karim Ayed, AATR Owner