PSI’s partnership with TICO Manufacturing was front and center during the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo April 24-26 in the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif. TICO, a pioneer in fleet services, terminal services, and terminal tractor manufacturing, displayed a UPS terminal tractor powered by PSI’s 8.8-liter on-road propane engine.
Introduced at a previous ACT Expo, the Pro-Spotter terminal tractor was the first major collaboration between PSI and TICO to integrate custom alternative-fuel engines into TICO’s powertrain platform options. TICO Pro-Spotter terminal tractors are widely used in distribution centers, rail terminals and ports to move semi-trailers and shipping containers. Fleet customers including UPS run numerous TICO Pro-Spotters with PSI’s 8.8L CNG and LPG engines in their facilities nationwide.
PSI’s emissions-certified 8.8-liter engines provide uncompromised power, performance, fuel efficiency and fuel flexibility to TICO and other OEMs. The engine also powers medium-duty bus and truck applications.
“TICO and PSI have an excellent collaboration to provide the marketplace with products that meet demands, whether through gasoline or alternative fuels,” PSI CEO John Miller said. “In coupling our propane and gasoline solutions with TICO’s applications, we have many opportunities to serve ports that want to replace diesel-powered equipment with cleaner fuels.”
TICO and PSI displayed the UPS propane tractor in conjunction with the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), which was located next to TICO during the Expo. Funded by the propane industry, the Propane Education and Research Council implements safety and training programs, conducts research and invests in technology development with leading equipment manufacturers to expand adoption of propane as a clean, American-made energy source.
“Port operators need equipment that gets the job done cost-effectively while meeting emissions regulations. Propane-powered equipment checks all those boxes,” said Tucker Perkins, president and CEO of PERC. “The propane industry has worked with PSI to develop a line of engines that provide the lowest total cost of ownership with clean emissions, and the TICO port tractor is a great solution using their engine.”