ALBANY, N.Y. — Premiere Transportation Group, upstate New York's largest provider of chauffer-driven transportation services, announced it would go green by converting its vehicles so they could use propane as a primary fuel. The company is the first livery limousine firm in upstate New York to make this conversion.
“We believe it is our duty to lead the way and to demonstrate to all transportation providers that answers exist to provide fuel solutions now,” Premiere’s president David Brown said in a statement.
The group is comprised of Premiere Limousine Service, Premiere Charter Service, and Premiere Express Shuttle, which have a combined fleet of about 50 vehicles.
Propane was chosen for the fleet for a variety of reasons, Brown said. “Propane is safer than gasoline, diesel, methanol, and ethanol. It is readily available. And propane produces far less carbon monoxide emissions – up to 50% when compared to the same vehicle operating on gasoline,” Brown said.
Premiere’s partner in the conversion process is American Alternative Fuel (AAF), based in Castleton, N.Y. AAF has installed Vapor Sequential Injection (VSI) systems in seven sedans, one 20-passenger bus, and a limousine, at a cost of about $4,000 per vehicle. With the conversion, the vehicles are now hybrids, using propane as their primary fuel and gasoline, if necessary.
“While economic factors played a role in our decision to take this step, we believe that it is important for all of us to reduce our reliance on foreign oil,” Brown said. “Today, 88% of all propane used in the United States is produced in this country. This was a huge factor in the decision to switch to propane.”
Brown noted Premiere plans to convert as many of its vehicles as possible over to propane. “This is just our first step,” he said.
For more information visit Premiere Transportation Group online at www.premierelimo.com or call (518) 459-6123. Visit AAF online at www.americanaltfuel.com or call (866) LPG-FUEL.