Propane autogas is the term used globally for propane that powers motor vehicles. More than 21 million vehicles worldwide run on propane autogas; it is the third most widely used vehicle fuel in the world, trailing only gasoline and diesel. In the past several years, autogas has been steadily gaining ground on these dirtier fuels, primarily because it is significantly less expensive and much cleaner. More than 98% of our country’s autogas supply is actually made right here in the United States; that means fleets powered by autogas are helping to enhance our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. The main benefits of using autogas instead of gasoline are:
- Cost savings
- Reduced harmful emissions
- Less maintenance
- Safe and reliable
- Widely available
Compared to compressed natural gas (CNG), autogas offers significant advantages:
- Fueling stations are much more affordable (10 or more autogas stations for the cost of 1 CNG station)
- Vehicle conversions are much more affordable (at least 3 autogas vehicles can be converted for the cost of 1 CNG vehicle conversion)
- Much better driving range
- More than 10 times as many autogas fueling stations across Texas (More than 700 autogas stations compared to 68 CNG stations)
Autogas powers all types of vehicles, from police cruisers to school buses. Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) autogas vehicles are available from major manufacturers like Ford and GM (through ROUSH CleanTech and CleanFuel USA, respectively), and many reliable providers can equip fleets with vehicle conversion kits to switch their existing vehicles from gasoline to autogas. These conversions, which are certified by the EPA, normally take place at a certified conversion center, ensuring dependability and ongoing service and technical support.
Fleets can fill up at any of the hundreds of publicly accessible fueling stations across Texas, or they can install an affordable fueling station at their own home base. Many providers will install a fueling station at absolutely no cost to the fleet in exchange for an ongoing fuel supply contract — in these cases, fleets are still able to save more than 30-50 percent on fuel costs.
Propne autogas also powers a range of off-road equipment, including forklifts and lawn care equipment. Numerous commercial lawn care companies have switched their mowers to propane in order to reduce costs, lower harmful emissions, eliminate fuel spillage and pilferage, and extend their operations into Ozone Action Days during which they previously couldn’t operate.