What is Propane Autogas?
Propane autogas is simply liquid petroleum gas, or propane, labeled for use in on-road vehicles. Propane autogas is the third most popular automotive fuel in the world, behind gasoline and diesel, with more than 23 million vehicles powered using Propane autogas around the world. Propane autogas vehicles burn cleanly and can run at higher compression ratios than conventional vehicles. This results in higher energy output while producing lower emissions levels.
Most gasoline-powered engines can be converted to use autogas in place of gasoline or in conjunction with it. Autogas has an effective octane rating between 104 and 112, and it performs similarly to gasoline in an engine with no knocking. Diesel engines can replace a portion of their diesel use with propane in a dual-fuel setup, but since propane does not easily ignite from compression-like diesel fuel, it cannot entirely replace diesel fuel in a diesel engine.
Why should I convert my vehicle to propane autogas?
Autogas is typically 30%-60% of the cost per gallon of gasoline, so even with a 1% – 10% fuel economy loss, it is incredibly cost-effective.
Propane autogas also burns cleaner than gasoline, and with less harmful exhaust emissions. It’s better for your engine and for the air we all breathe. For more information on the environmental benefits click here.
Are there any other benefits to using propane autogas?
Anyone who wants to save on their fuel expenses and help the environment can use autogas. Fleet managers will find propane to be especially enticing since conversions will pay off more quickly the more miles driven. Propane AutoGas LLC has 5 public fueling stations in northeast Indiana, and there are 2,600 other autogas stations around the country. Propane autogas conversions are for individuals and businesses who want to save on their fuel expenses and burn a more environmentally friendly, domestically produced fuel.
An investment in propane autogas leads to considerably lower life-cycle vehicle costs for fleets. Diesel, gasoline, and other alternative fuels burden budgets with costly infrastructure and maintenance demands. Vehicles are proven to last 2-3 years longer. Actual savings will vary based on fleet size, annual mileages, the weight of the payload.
Unlike conventional fuels, propane autogas provides an affordable infrastructure solution for fleets that need a central refueling location. Personal vehicle owners can also enjoy the growing number of propane autogas stations. There are propane autogas refueling stations in every state, with more opening every day.
Supporting our domestic economy is easy with propane autogas. 98% of American autogas is produced in the U.S. Using autogas means reducing our dependence on foreign oil and creating jobs here in America.
Fleets and personal vehicle owners can choose from a wide variety of OEM-supported vehicles that are EPA- and CARB-certified. Many provide equal horsepower, torque, and towing capacity to conventional versions of the same models.
Propane autogas is an economical approach to significantly lower harmful emissions. Vehicles fueled by propane autogas emit 25% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than vehicles running on gasoline. Propane autogas also cuts smog producing hydrocarbons by up to 70%.
Because propane autogas is stored onsite or delivered by your local supplier, propane is always there when you need it. From farms to school bus fleets, to homes and businesses across the country, propane is helping users reduce their emissions and save more money.