Propane is Number One Alternative Fuel Worldwide
goes further as an environmentally friendly engine
is the Number One alternative engine fuel in the
world. In cities and national parks across the
United States, propane-fueled fleet vehicles are
providing greater efficiency and cost savings along
with a lighter carbon footprint. Propane delivers
high-octane power with fewer greenhouse gas
emissions than gasoline, and considerably less
nitrogen oxide emissions and particulate pollution
than diesel. And today’s economic and tax incentives
to use clean-burning alternative fuels such as
propane make it even more rewarding. Plus, with a
distribution infrastructure already in place,
propane is available now.
Propane is easier on the environment.
A range of
fleet vehicles using propane instead of gasoline
will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 18
propane-fueled Roush F-150 pickup truck recently
received approval from the California Air
Resources Board (CARB), indicating it meets the
state’s strict emission standards. It also is
the first propane-fueled vehicle to receive
On-Board Diagnostics II CARB approval since the
board enacted significantly stricter guidelines
for light-duty vehicles using alternative fuels
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, 60
miles northeast of Atlanta, Ga., is
leading the charge to bring
clean-burning alternative fuels to its
community. In October 2008, the office
began converting its fleet of cruisers
to propane-powered vehicles. Currently,
30 of its 70 vehicles are fueled by
propane, with the rest of the fleet
being converted now.
Jackson County Sheriff Stan Evans says
they chose propane because of its
cost-effectiveness and superior
performance. He sees propane as an
environmentally friendly fuel that
offers the department cost savings, a
convenient fueling infrastructure, and
less vehicle maintenance. “The sheer
economics is what got our attention
initially,” says Evans. “But propane
also is a cleaner-burning fuel that’s
better for the environment and requires
less engine maintenance. Using propane
has turned into a real win-win situation
for us, and we’re excited about the
results we’ve seen.”
sees value in setting a good fiscal and
environmental example. “It’s important
for government representatives to take
the lead in encouraging use of
alternative fuels,” says Evans. “It
needs to happen, and elected public
officials need to lead the way.”
Fact: Propane is widely available now.
more than 2,500 propane fueling stations across
the United States, and propane infrastructure is
more cost efficient to install than
infrastructure for other alternative fuels.
approximately 13 million vehicles operate on
the leading alternative fuel in the United
States and the nation's third most common
vehicle fuel, after gasoline and diesel.
offers financial incentives.
Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient
Transportation Act of 2005 provides incentives
for the acquisition, infrastructure installation
and a 50-cent-per-gallon federal tax credit for
alternative fuels, including propane.
provide tax credits and/or grants for the
purchase of alternative vehicles by government
and private fleets.
1. World LP
Gas Association, 2008 Statistical Review of
Global LP Gas (Paris, France: 2008).
Learn more about
why propane is exceptional energy for fleet fueling,
and find out about tax credits, rebates, and
Contact a Weaver Propane Energy Consultant today.