• What are the benefits of Propane?

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Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or “autogas,” is a three-carbon alkane hydrocarbon (C3H8). It is a nontoxic, odorless gas at ambient temperature and pressure. It can be stored as a liquid at moderate pressures (300 PSI) or at temperatures below -44oF. In its liquid form, the energy density of propane is 270 times greater than in its gaseous form. However, a gallon of liquid propane has approximately 25% less energy content (BTUs) than a gallon of gasoline.

Propane is a byproduct of natural gas processing and crude oil refinement, and therefore it is not a renewable energy source. Propane fuel used for vehicles must be 90% propane. Butane (C4H10) is a common minor component, as well as propylene and butylene. Commercial propane also contains the odorant Ethyl mercaptan, which aids in leak detection.

How will it benefit my business?

The benefits of NGVs and propane autogas vehicles have been widely established and publicized. These include:

  • Reduced dependence on foreign oil(based on ample domestic supplies now and for the foreseeable future);
  • Better fuel price stability and reduced fuel costs in the long run;
  • Reduced tailpipe and well-to-wheel emissions (as compared to gasoline and diesel counterparts);
  • Reduced fuel and maintenance expenses, often leading to a lower TCO.

Propane has been powering vehicles since the early- 1900’s, and is currently the world’s third most common engine fuel. It is a high-energy, high octane, clean burning fuel. Furthermore, over 97% of the propane consumed in the U.S is produced in North America, advancing our nation’s energy security.

Additional benefits of propane include its low cost per gallon compared to traditional fuels, and the relatively low cost of refueling stations compared to other alternative fuels. A variety of propane vehicle models are currently available through equipment manufacturers and select dealerships, typically requiring lower maintenance costs and improved engine life compared to their gasoline counterparts.

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