With gasoline prices tipping $4 a gallon in some states, propane autogas is now even more attractive as a cheaper, cleaner-burning alternative vehicle fuel.
That’s been the message at an autogas road show this week in North Carolina, sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).
“With gas prices putting a strain on wallets across the country, it’s important that we continue to drive home the message of reducing use of foreign oil,” North Carolina Propane Gas Association executive director John Jessup said. “Domestically-produced propane autogas is economical and available right here and now.”
The propane road show, one of dozens in recent years, is an opportunity for fleet managers and motorists to hear from propane experts about latest industry developments. It featured information on the significant cost savings associated with switching to autogas. Attendees also learned about the return on investment opportunities, environmental benefits, tax incentives, fueling infrastructure and new products entering the market.
Propane-fueled mowers were on display alongside autogas-fueled vehicles like the Roush CleanTech Ford E-250 cargo van and Alliance AutoGas police cruiser. North Carolina Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton gave the keynote address. Autogas is the third most popular engine fuel after gasoline and diesel. It is often used by fleets and thousands of buses, trucks, taxis and other vehicles already run on autogas in the US. Millions more propane-powered vehicles are operating worldwide.
PERC says ease of refueling has accelerated the use of propane-powered vehicles. Fleets often install on-site refueling infrastructure, which costs less than refueling stations for other alternative fuels. And though gas stations are far more numerous, there are now thousands of autogas refueling stations across the US, in every state.
“Vehicles fueled by propane autogas are an excellent fuel choice for fleets,” PERC vice-president Brian Feehan said. “Fleet operators do not have to sacrifice performance for environmental friendliness. With regard to mowing equipment, propane reduces carbon monoxide emissions by more than 80 percent compared with gasoline mowers. In addition to its superiority in environmental benefits, propane is safe, readily available, and just makes good economic sense.”