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National Clean Fleets Partner: ThyssenKrupp Elevator

Photo of a ThyssenKrupp van parked at a propane fueling station.

Between 2009 and 2011, ThyssenKrupp Elevator reduced the petroleum use of its 3,200-vehicle fleet by 20%. The company achieved the reduction by rightsizing its fleet; down-sizing to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles; and implementing more efficient route planning. ThyssenKrupp Elevator has also begun expanding its use of propane vehicles and has deployed its first electric-drive vehicle.

Fast Facts

  • Joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership: October 2011
  • Headquarters: Frisco, TX
  • Operations: United States, Canada, Central and South America
  • Strategies and Technologies: Rightsizing, route optimization, propane vehicles, electric vehicles, telematics/GPS, fuel economy measures

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For additional information contact the Clean Cities National Clean Fleets Partnership account manager, Mark Smith.

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Clean Fleets News

March 17, 2014

ThyssenKrupp Elevator plans to operate 10% of its fleet on propane by 2015

FRISCO, Texas – ThyssenKrupp Elevator fuels more than 70 of its vehicles with propone, displacing about 140,000 gallons of gasoline and saving the company about $300,000 per year.

By 2015, the company plans to operate 10% of its fleet on propane—about 300 vehicles—in Dallas, Sacramento, and San Francisco.

ThyssenKrupp operates 65 Roush CleanTech Ford E-series vans, 7 F-series pickup trucks, and 2 F-650 stake bed trucks in Phoenix, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, and Detroit.

"The propane autogas price per gallon doesn't really flow with the market, with the ups and downs that you see with gas and diesel," says fleet manager Tom Armstrong. "It maintains a more steady line."

The company began evaluating alterative fuels in 2010 and picked propane, Armstrong says, because it is clean, enables conservation, is cost-effective, makes common sense, and is something ThyssenKrupp Elevator can commit to.

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