What is Propane?
Propane is made by combining equal amounts of natural gas processing and crude oil refining and is one the cleanest burning fuels available to the commercial market. Thanks to the 1990 Clean Air Act and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992 propane has been labeled as a clean fuel source. Nearly 97% of propane consumed in the United States is produced in North America.
Can my vehicles be converted?
Almost any commercially available gas-powered vehicle is suitable for propane conversion with very few exceptions. It’s important to contact a specialist in your local area to find out if vehicles in your fleet are propane-conversion-ready.
Will my drivers have convenient propane fueling station access?
There are currently over 2,500 propane fueling stations in operation across the United States. To review a map of the various fueling stations in your fleet service region, please see: www.AFDC.Energy.gov
Where can I find Information on the cost-efficiency of propane?
As the price of gasoline continues to rise, the amount of savings fleet operators achieve by converting to propane fuel increases. On average, fleet operators can save as much as $5,000 per vehicle when converting from gasoline to propane. See how much your organization could save by utilizing our CALCULATOR TOOL.
As propane use is grows throughout America each year, its advantages are becoming more widely known and publicized. Whether a conversion is installed for environmental, financial or operational reasons, propane embraces a multitude of advantages for the modern American fleet operator. Here are a few of the benefits of propane use.
- Propane-powered vehicles significantly reduce emissions, with 12% less carbon dioxide, about 20% less nitrogen oxide, up to 25% less greenhouse gases, and up to 60% less carbon monoxide than gasoline-powered vehicles.
- Propane fuel conversions can provide significant benefits in fighting global climate change. Propane contains less carbon per unit of energy than either gasoline or diesel, resulting in significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions when burned.
- Propane exhaust creates 60% to 70% less smog-producing hydrocarbons than gasoline.
- Over a 15-year average, propane prices have remained about 30 to 40% less expensive on a per gallon price basis than gasoline.
- The Federal and state government offers fleet operators a range of conversion incentives, including tax credits on fuel and partial reimbursement for fueling infrastructure.
- Propane-powered vehicles have more driving time between refills than other alternative fuels. For example, propane vehicles can travel 60% farther than methanol-powered vehicles, and 25% farther than ethanol-powered vehicles.
- Propane is the only alternative fuel with fueling stations in every state. Incentives from the federal government provide drivers of propane-powered fleet vehicles with increased high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane access.
- Propane is a widely-studied product with over 270,000 propane vehicles in the United States, including school buses, shuttle buses, trucks, vans, and taxis.
- As with any major decision regarding vehicles, it’s imperative to conduct full research beforehand to explore the benefits of converting your fleet to propane. GAS has specialists standing by to respond to any questions. Contact us today to learn more.