Greentech Lead Team: Many members of The GO Group, the world’s
largest airport shuttle provider, are going eco-friendly by converting their
fleets to alternative fuels.
GO companies serving San Francisco International,
Seattle-Tacoma International, Milwaukee’s General Mitchell
International, Dallas-Ft. Worth and Puerto Rico’s Luis Munoz
Marin International are converting all
or part of their fleets to alternative fuels – either compressed natural gas
(CNG) or propane.
CNG and propane burn cleaner than gasoline or diesel
fuels, although CNG is considered the cleaner of the two. Companies that
convert to alternative fuels can earn a 50 cents-per-gallon tax credit as
well other incentives from local government and the airports.
GO Shuttle Express in Seattle, which has 43
propane-fuelled vehicles, began the conversion process last January and has 20
more systems to install. While in San Francisco, GO Lorries has adapted 16
vans to CNG, with another 28 to be retrofitted for CNG by May.
GO Riteway Transportation Group
in Milwaukee has moved 21 of its 500-vehicle fleet to propane,
experiencing a $7,000 fuel savings within three months.
According to J. R. Rowley, president of GO Shuttle
Express, the fuel saving has been around $2 per gallon.
Maintenance costs, however, have been slightly higher due to the learning