Autogas Questions Answered
I talk to a lot of fleet managers. They all have one common denominator: to maximize their fleet at the lowest possible cost. Many are considering propane autogas to fuel their fleet vehicles. Here are five questions they ask:
Q: Why should I consider propane autogas?
A: Propane autogas is a cleaner-burning, cost-effective, and domestically produced fuel with a robust infrastructure and economic efficiencies.
Q: Is my current fleet compatible with propane autogas, or do I need to buy new vehicles?
A: Many vehicles are compatible with conversions. If there’s enough remaining life on the vehicle to provide a return on investment, it’s a smart move. You can also purchase new vehicles that come equipped to run on autogas. Just be sure to work with an engine fuel system supplier that offers appropriate vehicle certifications from the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.
Q: Would I need to install a fueling station?
A: That’s up to you. Public propane autogas fueling stations exist in every state, with more opening every day. Propane retailers are available to provide convenient infrastructure for your fleet. Should you choose to install your own fueling station, you’ll find the cost is even less than installing a gasoline station!
Q: Is it more difficult to have my vehicles serviced if they run on propane autogas?
A: No. Service isn’t an issue. If you have your own garage, your technicians can be trained in-house. You’ll also find many outside maintenance facilities with trained technicians. For example, ROUSH CleanTech has more than 400 service facilities across the U.S. and Canada.
Q: Will propane autogas help me meet government-mandated emissions requirements?
A: Yes. Propane autogas is an approved alternative fuel under the Clean Air Act. It’s a non-contaminant of soil, air, and water with virtually no particulate matter coming out of the tailpipe. Vehicles powered by autogas significantly reduce emissions, with 25 percent less greenhouse gases and up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide than gasoline-powered vehicles, and 80 percent less total hydrocarbons compared with conventional diesel.
Here’s your fuel for thought: Due diligence is your best friend. Question everything and be driven by your curiosity.