Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) added a new fleet of delivery vehicles powered by propane autogas at its Elkridge, Md., facility with the help of a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).
New Ford F-59 trucks have been equipped with ROUSH CleanTech fuel systems that show the delivery fleet's commitment to sustainability and efficiency, said Mary Beth Tung, MEA director.
"We are encouraged to see local businesses embracing alternative fuel vehicles, which are vital to reducing our reliance on petroleum," Tung said.
The grant that came from the Maryland Freedom Fleet Voucher Program (FFVP) was for $340,000 for 45 vehicles, which are expected to displace over 190,000 gallons of petroleum annually, with lower upfront costs and minimal impact to operations, and will allow for stability for fuel costs, the agency announced.
"This initiative is the latest in our company’s continued effort to reduce our carbon footprint," said Gary Maresca, senior director of fleet services for BBU. "BBU has also installed an on-site fueling station at their Howard County facility, eliminating the need to refill at retail stations. BBU expects to see a reduction in operational costs as a result of the lower fuel prices as well as maintenance savings due to the cleaner-burning properties of the fuel."