Propane is a cleaner burning, domestically produced energy source. Using propane as a fuel to power vehicles (referred to by most as propane autogas) is increasing in popularity and this fuel is quickly becoming a preferred engine fuel choice for fleets of all sizes across the nation. There are currently just under 200,000 autogas vehicles certified in the United States being utilized by school districts, municipalities, and private fleets to move goods and people. Below are just some of the many benefits seen by fleets powering with propane autogas.
Moving vehicles to alternative, environmentally-friendly fuels is a high priority for many governmental agencies across the country. To do so, there are many incentive programs available for fleets to obtain governmental financial assistance in the procurement of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure. ARRO Autogas representatives are ready to assist in the application process for fleets interested in investing in propane as their alternative fuel of choice. Below are links to a few governmental organizations currently offering financial incentives for alternative fuel purchases. We will continually update this page as new incentives pertaining to propane become available.
The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) was established to assist in the training of those working in the propane industry, to educate the general public about propane and why it is a viable energy source, and to develop new technologies for the expansion of propane use. PERC is an organization operated and funded by the propane industry. Their website includes education materials about all the benefits and uses for our domestic, cleaner burning fuel. To learn more about propane and all its advantages, visit PERC’s website.
ARRO Autogas is a proud member of both the Western Propane Gas Association (WPGA) and the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA). Both are trade organizations comprised of propane industry members focused on furthering the education of our policy makers and customers on the benefits of our fuel. To learn more about the services provided by WPGA and NPGA; please visit their websites.
The Clean Cities program is put forth by the United States Department of Energy with the purpose of reducing the use of traditional fuels (gasoline and diesel) in the transportation sector to improve the economic and environmental landscape of our nation. There are nearly 100 clean cities coalitions around the country focused on grass roots efforts to put more alternative fuel vehicles on the road.
ARRO Autogas is proud to be a member of all the clean cities coalitions established in the areas we operate. For more information about your local clean cities coalition, please visit the D.O.E website.
The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) is a resource for fleet managers and other decision makers to find more information about available alternative fuel options. They provide data and information about all options and provide a comprehensive list of all alternative fuel stations throughout the country. Please visit the AFDC website to learn more. This program is also put forth by the United States Department of Energy.
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)
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The Propane Education and Research Council also offers informative testimonial videos from school districts seeing the benefits of operating propane autogas school buses TODAY. Find out more and watch these videos on PERC’s Website.