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5 Environmental Benefits of Propane Autogas

Reduce your fleet carbon footprint and costs with this eco-friendly alternative

autogas Middletown, NY If you’re responsible for operating fleet vehicles in Middletown, Newburgh or Port Jervis, NY, you’ve probably heard of propane autogas — a type of alternative fuel used to power internal combustion engine vehicles. It’s the environmentally superior choice for larger fleet vehicles such as vans, shuttles, trucks, school buses or police vehicles.

Comprised of propane (a hydrocarbon gas) and butane (an additive for enhanced cold-weather performance), propane autogas can be used in vehicles specifically designed for it or in bi-fuel vehicles that can run on both gasoline and autogas. Many traditional gas-powered vehicles can actually be converted to run on propane autogas through an engine conversion kit.

5 ways propane autogas is environmentally friendly

So how is propane autogas better for the environment? Let’s count the ways.

  1. Lower greenhouse gas emissions — Vehicles powered by propane autogas produce 20% less carbon monoxide, 40% fewer nitrogen oxides and 10% less carbon dioxide than diesel- or gasoline-powered vehicles. Overall, propane autogas reduces more emissions per dollar spent than any other fuel.
  2. Cleaner energy — Today’s propane engines are 90% cleaner than mandated EPA standards.
  3. Non-toxic alternative — Propane autogas can’t contaminate soil or groundwater because it’s non-toxic and non-poisonous.
  4. Minimal risk of accidental spills — Using propane autogas is a safe way to fuel your fleet vehicles without worrying about the environmental impact of spills and the resulting clean-up costs.
  5. Better for our health — Because propane-powered school buses produce up to 96% less toxic emissions than diesel buses, students aren’t exposed to the emissions that can aggravate asthma and cause other health issues.

Save money and time with propane autogas

Besides these environmental benefits, using propane autogas is a convenient, money-saving option. It costs less per gallon than diesel fuels or gasoline. And vehicles that run on propane autogas experience less wear and tear, which lowers your maintenance and repair costs.

If you decide to convert any of your existing fleet vehicles to propane autogas, you can increase your savings by taking advantage of incentives, grants, loans and tax credits. The operating cost savings are well worth the effort to convert, considering the fact that diesel vehicles cost an average of four times as much per mile to operate compared to propane autogas.

Diesel-powered vehicles are also at risk of failing due to the fuel “gelling” in extremely cold weather, whereas autogas vehicles start faster and easier in low temperatures without that concern. You can avoid the headache and costs of having diesel vehicles idled in the winter if you instead have propane autogas-powered vehicles out on the road at maximum efficiency.

Depending on your fleet’s size, you can choose from several convenient refueling infrastructure options, with quick-connect nozzles that make refueling fast and easy. And using an autogas dispensing location can help you streamline your operations without worrying about lost receipts or inaccurate reimbursements.

Get the competitive edge

From school districts to municipalities to businesses, most organizations are aware of both the environmental and reputational benefits of reducing their carbon footprint. Being able to demonstrate that your vehicles consistently produce less air pollution can attract customers who are committed to environmental responsibility.

Learn more from the propane autogas experts at A.C. Howell

From Monroe to Warwick and throughout Orange County, we’re the company to call for expert, safe propane autogas delivery. Want to learn more about what propane autogas can do for your business, municipality or school district?

Get in touch with us today for your residential or commercial propane needs.

Source: Propane Education & Research Council