Propane Autogas

A propane autogas quick connect nozzle fueling a vehicle

Looking for a clean, efficient fuel source?

Propane autogas, the term used when propane is used as a motor fuel, offers many advantages for school bus, transit bus and fleet vehicle managers.

Propane is a clean, American-sourced energy that has many positive effects on the environment and will be a key component in helping our world get to a lower-carbon future. But environmental benefits are only a fraction of the value that propane autogas brings to the table for businesses, school districts, and National Parks alike.

Benefits of Propane Autogas

Clean Energy

The combustion of autogas is more complete and efficient than gasoline or diesel, which means that the amount of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons is far less. The emissions from the tailpipe of an autogas engine are mostly just carbon dioxide and water, emitting virtually no soot. Propane autogas is also a non-contaminant of soil, air and water.

When comparing air pollution emissions, propane school buses produce significantly less than those from diesel buses. This is mainly because school buses stop and go so often. According to a study done by West Virginia University, while driving on residential pick-up and drop-off routes, emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) were 34 times lower for autogas than for diesel buses. Overall, NOx was reduced by 96% and carbon dioxide fell by 13%. In the city and on highways, these air pollution emissions were anywhere between 15 to 19 times lower.

Cost Effective
Propane is a much denser fuel than gasoline or diesel, meaning you need far less of it, saving businesses and school systems money. On average, propane autogas costs between 30% and 50% less per gallon than gasoline and diesel. The price of propane traditionally falls between the prices of natural gas and oil, which greatly limits market price fluctuations.

Easy Refueling
There are several convenient refueling infrastructure options to choose from, depending on your fleet’s size. Quick-Connect nozzles make the process even easier. Drivers can simply click in the nozzle, refuel, and go. Propane retailers located throughout the U.S. can help fleets get set up with propane autogas.

Reliable
Light- or medium-duty, small or large fleet size, propane can handle the workload. While diesel engines spend valuable time in the shop for repairs on complex emissions systems, propane autogas vehicles keep your business running with reliable operation. Additionally, propane vehicles start year-round, even during the harshest months of winter.

Produced in North America
All of the propane consumed in the United States is produced in North America. Every gallon you buy contributes to America’s energy independence. Abundant supply allows propane customers ample opportunity to ensure that they’ll always have enough on hand for their needs, so propane is a dependable energy source all year long. One of the rising developments is the growth of renewable propane as well, as traditional crude processing plants transition to the production of renewable fuels.

Convert to Propane

If you’re thinking about expanding your use of propane, converting to propane for new appliances or switching to propane as your primary energy source, please contact your local propane company to learn more about your options.