As the drive for alternative energy source adoption grows stronger, the first fuel travel center in the United States to house multiple alternative energy options is now open in Hartford, Connecticut. The Pride Travel Center features propane autogas infrastructure alongside electric vehicle and hydrogen refueling stations.

“Propane autogas plays a critical role in clean transportation, and the addition of this essential energy source at the Pride Travel Center underscores the vital position propane autogas has in achieving net-zero emissions goals,” said Tucker Perkins, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council. “This is especially true for medium-duty fleet owners looking for an alternative energy that can improve air quality without sacrificing on range, payload, or torque.”

During a grand opening ceremony hosted by Pride Stores and Capitol Clean Cities of Connecticut, propane autogas vehicles from Nestlé Waters, Yale University, and Simsbury Public Schools were on display alongside the state-of-the-art propane infrastructure from Superior Energy Systems (SES). Dave Gable, president of Hocon Gas, was instrumental in making propane autogas part of the Pride Travel Center with his company designing and installing the refueling infrastructure, and now supplying the fuel.

The 18,000-gallon tank and dispenser include SES software that tracks data like driver and vehicle identification, mileage, and gallons pumped, providing a convenient experience for fleets.

“Over the past five years, we have seen substantial growth of work truck fleets utilizing propane to significantly lower their emissions, thanks in large part to the success of cloud-based fleet management software,” said Jim Bunsey, director of operations for Superior Energy Systems. “By providing users with convenient, affordable, and reliable refueling, it’s never been easier for fleets to take advantage of this ideal energy source for clean transportation.”

In addition to being a low-carbon energy source, today’s propane autogas ultra-low nitrogen oxide (NOx) engines are 90 percent cleaner than Environmental Protection Agency standards and reduce NOx emissions by 96 percent compared to the best-in-class clean diesel engine. Propane autogas’s ability to significantly reduce these harmful emissions to near-zero levels make it a compelling choice for fleet owners.

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