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Propane 101

Each day, more fleet operators turn to LPG and propane-fueled fleet systems as the superior alternative to gasoline and diesel.

According to the Propane Education & Research Council, in 2007, more than 13 million vehicles operated on propane (“autogas”), the most widely used alternative fuel and the world’s third most common engine fuel. Propane powered vehicles emit 12 percent less carbon dioxide, about 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, and up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide than gasoline-powered vehicles.

Vehicles using the Liquid Propane Injection (LPI) system offer the following benefits:

  • Significant reduction in fuel and maintenance costs
  • Extended engine life due to lower carbon production and reduced oil contamination
  • Horsepower and torque equal to or better than gasoline engine equivalent
  • Utilizes a domestically produced fuel (energy independence)
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • EPA and CARB certified
  • Supported by a network of trained service providers
  • Significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • Exceeds 2010 emission requirements without Diesel Particulate Filtration (DPF), Cooled EGR or Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems

California fleet operators interested in upgrading to a propane-fueled LPG fleet system should contact Allison Platz at (855) ARRO GAS, or visit ARRO Autogas at 1960 Ramada Drive, Paso Robles, CA.

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Propane in the news

Propane powered school buses are on the rise now with each of the large bus manufacturers marketing a propane model, these buses are making school districts cleaner and more efficient around the country. Many school districts are investing - read the below article to find out why your school district should make the switch too! Here is a recent article provided by LPGasMagazine.

Satisfied Customers

Arro Autogas has been saving customers lots of money. Our customer Roadrunner Shuttle is especially satisfied and has been saving nearly $1,500 per vehicle per month! Read about their story here.

Case Studies

Many companies and municipalities across the country are enjoying the benefits of propane autogas. Below are a few case studies that provide a detailed account of how industries and organizations are putting propane-fueled vehicles and equipment to use in fleet and commercial applications. Using real-world experience, these studies take a look at the actual performance, refueling infrastructure, training, maintenance, and benefits of propane-fueled vehicles and equipment. Click the links below to read each case study (Case studies provided by the Propane Education and Research Council. To see a full list of case studies, click here)

Decades of Use: Propane School Buses Prove the Right Choice for Alvin ISD
Tried and true – Alvin Independent School District has been running propane autogas school buses for 37 years. They report fuel cost savings of 50 percent annually when compared to conventional fuels and low maintenance with a quick turnaround time. Read their story here and find out why they feel propane autogas is “the perfect fuel to use for a school bus.”

Florida School District Goes Green and Experiences Increased Performance with Propane
Indian River County School District was the first in Florida to adopt propane autogas school buses. Immediately they found out that when running these buses they were reducing their environmental impact and creating a cleaner community. Find out more about their green experience and the other benefits they’ve enjoyed with propane here.

Maintaining Competitive Pricing in a World of Rising Fuel Costs
Chicago based Go Airport Express started powering half of their fleet with propane in 2011. They found that with propane they can decrease their spending and operating costs and maintain a great price for their customers. The lower impact their green fleet has on the environment doesn’t hurt their reputation either. Their positive propane experience can be read here.

Receiving the Best Bang for Your Buck When Traveling 15,000 a Month
When Lake Michigan Mailers compared many alternative fuel options, propane came out the clear winner for their needs. They looked at cost of converting vehicles, total cost of ownership, fuel costs and range, and the cost of infrastructure; their research proved that propane would give the fastest return on investment. After just nine months of using propane, they estimated a cost savings of 12 cents per mile! Read here how they overcame increased gasoline prices by making the switch.

Safe & Efficient Operation

Safety is the Highest Priority. Check out the latest Arro Autogas Safety Training video.

A picture of the Paso Robles Arro Autogas filling station.

As it is with any fuel, operator safety is the highest priority. With a good understanding of the facts and basics, you can easily make the transition from a gasoline- or diesel-fueled vehicle to a propane-autogas-fueled vehicle.

Click here to download our Safety Tips Sheet for Safe & Efficient Operation.

Click here to download the Dispensing Propane Autogas Training Manual from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC)

Click here for more information about how to Safely Refuel with Propane Autogas, including emergency actions.

Propane Autogas Facts*

A Domestic Resource

  • Propane autogas is the leading alternative fuel in the United States and the third most commonly used vehicle fuel, following gasoline and diesel.
  • More than 17 million on-road vehicles worldwide are fueled by propane autogas and 270,000 of those are on roads in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • 90 percent of the United States propane autogas supply is produced domestically, with an additional 7 percent from Canada.
  • About 60 percent of propane used in the U.S. comes from natural gas refining, and the remaining comes from petroleum during the refining process.

Readily Available

  • Vehicles fueled by propane autogas include buses, taxis, trucks, vans, shuttles, delivery vehicles, and other Fleet vehicles.
  • There are thousands of propane autogas refueling stations in the United States, with stations in every state.
  • Many fleet managers elect to install low or no-cost on-site refueling infrastructure, eliminating trips to off-site stations. Underground storage tanks are an option for long-term use or above ground portable refueling platforms can be replaced or removed as needed.

Environmental and Economic Benefits

  • Light-duty fleet vehicles that run on propane autogas emit fewer greenhouse gases, smog-producing hydrocarbons, and particulate emissions than gasoline-fueled light-duty vehicles. When compared with gasoline, vehicles fueled by propane autogas produce:
         o 17-25 percent less greenhouse gases.
         o 20 percent less nitrogen oxide.
         o Up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide.
  • Heavier-duty vehicles fueled by propane autogas emit fewer greenhouse gases and total hydrocarbon emissions, and virtually eliminate particulate matter, when compared to diesel-powered heavy-duty vehicles.
  • Propane autogas burns cleaner in engines than gasoline and diesel, which results in reduced maintenance costs and potential for longer engine life.
  • For more than 30 years, the cost of propane autogas has been, on average, 30 percent less than the cost of gasoline. The cost differential between propane autogas and diesel is about 50 percent.
  • Vehicles fueled by propane autogas have an initial purchase price that can be $4,000 to $16,000 more than that of gasoline or diesel-fueled vehicle, but the extra cost is offset by the lower fuel and maintenance costs of propane autogas over the life of the vehicle. Payback periods for high-mileage fleet vehicles are even shorter.

Safety and Performance Characteristics

  • Propane autogas is a nontoxic, non-carcinogenic and non-corrosive fuel.
  • Propane autogas vehicle fuel tanks are 20 times more puncture-resistant than gasoline or diesel tanks. They are constructed from carbon steel in compliance with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  • Liquid propane autogas injection systems offer equivalent horsepower, torque and towing capacity as gasoline-fueled counterparts.
  • Buses fueled by propane autogas reduce noise levels by 50 percent when compared to buses fueled by diesel.
  • Vehicles fueled by propane autogas are a good choice for fleet managers to achieve performance, economic and sustainability goals.

California fleet operators interested in upgrading to a propane-fueled LPG fleet system should contact Allison Platz at (855) ARRO GAS, or visit ARRO Autogas at 1960 Ramada Drive, Paso Robles, CA.

The best gasoline/diesel alternative awaits, inquire today.

* Facts referenced by Roush CleanTech

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