Propane Autogas Infrastructure and Refueling Options
Propane users enjoy a robust, and well-developed infrastructure. Propane autogas is now the third-most-popular transportation fuel for the world’s vehicles.1 As awareness and ease-of-use continue to grow nationwide, so does the infrastructure supporting those switching to autogas. In fact, many commercial stations now employ the K-15 quick-type connectors. For the end-user, this advancement mimics either gas or diesel fill-ups at a conventional gas station, both in time and convenience. No goggles, gloves or two-handed operation are required to enjoy the autogas advantage.
The good news extends to fleet owners and managers, too. Setting up an on-site autogas refueling station is now easier and more cost-effective than ever. Check with your local supplier to discover rebates and cost-sharing. With the volatility and escalation of gas and diesel pricing, break-even points for fleet managers have shrunk from years to months. Positive for the environment and positive for your checkbook, these two realities add up to a winning combination for businesses that have made the switch to autogas.
The great news about new or existing infrastructure is that it is both affordable and scalable. While most autogas fleet owners or managers prefer to install a standard private station, there are actually five available options: standard private station, advanced private station, mobile refueling, temporary refueling, and the public refueling network. These options provide decision-makers with flexibility when evaluating making the switch to autogas. In fact, this collection of choices is why propane has become so popular within different industries. In addition to transporting nearly 1.3 million schoolchildren daily, autogas also fuels delivery fleets, food industry vehicles, personal vehicles, forklifts, buses in National Parks and shuttles at resorts.
The option that best fits your needs will be based mainly on fleet size and location. Luckily, local help and guidance are available to assist you. The Missouri Propane and Research Council and your local propane dealer want to see you succeed. These experts can recommend and implement the best solution for you, your bottom line, and the planet. Contact MOPERC today for more information.
1 – United States Department of Energy, Alternative Fuels Data Center