Apache Sands’ tow truck operators are accustomed to driving more than 100 miles to assist a stranded motorist and enduring the extensive idling periods that are required to safely load vehicles. Changes mandated in Tier-4 emissions regulations require the installation of emission systems components and forced minimal engine idle periods for all diesel engines. Apache Sands quickly saw maintenance costs and repairs for its diesel engines skyrocket with the new components.

The Mesa-based tow and recovery company needed assistance to eliminate engine idling concerns and lower its increasing operation costs. By incorporating propane autogas into its light- and medium-duty trucks, Apache Sands has reduced its fuel costs within the first year, eliminated idling concerns, and anticipates reductions in maintenance costs. In total, the company has 21 tow trucks and 23 mobile battery installation vans. Apache Sands’ general manager, Brian Fredrickson, has converted 14 vans to propane autogas and 8 tow trucks to certified bi-fuel systems. The EPA-certified propane autogas bi-fuel system allows the tow trucks to operate and reap the clean, cost‑effective benefits of propane autogas as the primary fuel and have a reserve tank of gasoline on board to eliminate range anxiety.

The certified propane autogas liquid injection conversion kits have significantly improved efficiency and produce fewer emissions than comparable gasoline or diesel tows. Apache Sands is experiencing the performance power the company needs while cleaning up its carbon footprint.

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