News : NH Company Helps Others A Make Worthy Conversion

Sep 10, 2014

Published in Business NH Magazine

By Michael Mccord

What does the Mount Washington Auto Road have in common with a school transportation company in Brentwood? Both organizations are either planning to convert or have converted vehicles to run on autogas, or propane fuel. It’s an energy efficient and cleaner-burning trend that is taking place all over the country, including right here at home in NH.

Proulx Oil and Propane in Newmarket is the driving force behind the slow but steady growth of autogas in the region. Company president Jim Proulx has become an autogas evangelist in part because he tested out a conversion on his personal vehicle and has converted almost 75 percent of his company’s service fleet. He believes “the numbers don’t lie” that autogas makes sound business sense as a reliable alternative fuel.

“The market is still evolving and it’s my job to educate people and get the word out about the economic benefits of Autogas conversions,” said Proulx who recently spoke to the Raymond Rotary Club. “It has made financial sense for us to do it (conversions) to the point of replacing diesel vehicles before the end of their useful life with autogas platforms to take advantage of the economic benefits as soon as possible.”

Garrett Scholes of Provider Bus Company in Brentwood, which provides transportation for special needs students for school districts throughout Southern New Hampshire, said Provider has begun a nine-vehicle pilot program after conversions earlier this year. The 14-passenger yellow buses will serve the Londonderry School District, which approved the conversions as part of its contract with Provider.

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