Five frequently asked questions about propane autogas
The Fueling Texas campaign has been participating in events all across the state. From Lubbock to San Antonio, Dallas to Houston, Austin to Corpus Christi, we’ve been all over Texas to talk to fleet owners and operators about clean, domestically produced propane autogas. We’ve collected the top five questions we’re asked most frequently at events. Check them out below!
1. What will my fuel savings be using autogas?
Fleets can generally expect to reduce their fuel costs by 30-50 percent with propane autogas. For some real world examples of fleets saving money with propane-powered vehicles and mowers, check out our mower and vehicle case studies.
2. What does it cost to convert a vehicle?
It depends on the make and model of your vehicle, as well as the conversion system, but the general range is $5,000-$7,000. While there is an upfront cost associated with conversion, fleets see a significant return on investment in very little time — with many fleets reporting a full ROI in as little as six months. To learn more about EPA-certified conversion kits, click here.
3. I used propane in the 1970s. Has it changed at all since then?
Yes! Just as other technologies have become more effective and streamlined, so has propane autogas (after all, we don’t use giant cell phones any more, right?). With the introduction of liquid fuel injection systems, propane autogas has become even more dependable, reliable and easy to use. Many fleets across Texas are choosing propane, including local governments, state agencies, delivery and service companies, and more than 75 independent school districts.
4. Where is the propane tank located in the car?
It depends on what vehicle model you are converting, but propane autogas tanks can be installed in several different locations. Common areas are pickup truck beds, trunks of sedans, between the frame rails and even in place of the spare tire. Tanks can be custom configured for specific applications. Ask your conversion center about where the best place on your vehicle is.
5. Is propane the same thing as natural gas?
No, propane is slightly different than compressed natural gas (CNG), although both are alternative fuels with a lower carbon content than gasoline. Propane autogas is far more available than CNG in terms of refueling. Currently, Texas has only a handful of CNG stations compared to more than 700 propane autogas facilities. For the cost of one CNG station, you can install up to 10 autogas stations. The range of a propane vehicle is a few hundred miles, while it would take CNG several fuel cylinders to achieve the same distance that propane can do with just one fuel tank. For more information on how propane autogas stacks up against CNG, click here.