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Propane emits considerably less nitrogen oxide and fewer particulates than diesel fuel.

 

Propane is Number One Alternative Fuel Worldwide

Propane simply goes further as an environmentally friendly engine fuel.

Propane is the Number One alternative engine fuel in the world. In cities and national parks across the United States, propane-fueled fleet vehicles are providing greater efficiency and cost savings along with a lighter carbon footprint. Propane delivers high-octane power with fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline, and considerably less nitrogen oxide emissions and particulate pollution than diesel. And today’s economic and tax incentives to use clean-burning alternative fuels such as propane make it even more rewarding. Plus, with a distribution infrastructure already in place, propane is available now.
 

School busFact: Propane is easier on the environment.

  • A range of fleet vehicles using propane instead of gasoline will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent.

  • The propane-fueled Roush F-150 pickup truck recently received approval from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), indicating it meets the state’s strict emission standards. It also is the first propane-fueled vehicle to receive On-Board Diagnostics II CARB approval since the board enacted significantly stricter guidelines for light-duty vehicles using alternative fuels in 2004.

Case Study:
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
Jefferson, Georgia

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, 60 miles northeast of Atlanta, Ga., is leading the charge to bring clean-burning alternative fuels to its community. In October 2008, the office began converting its fleet of cruisers to propane-powered vehicles. Currently, 30 of its 70 vehicles are fueled by propane, with the rest of the fleet being converted now.

Jackson County Sheriff Stan Evans says they chose propane because of its cost-effectiveness and superior performance. He sees propane as an environmentally friendly fuel that offers the department cost savings, a convenient fueling infrastructure, and less vehicle maintenance. “The sheer economics is what got our attention initially,” says Evans. “But propane also is a cleaner-burning fuel that’s better for the environment and requires less engine maintenance. Using propane has turned into a real win-win situation for us, and we’re excited about the results we’ve seen.”

Evans sees value in setting a good fiscal and environmental example. “It’s important for government representatives to take the lead in encouraging use of alternative fuels,” says Evans. “It needs to happen, and elected public officials need to lead the way.”

 
Fact: Propane is widely available now.

  • There are more than 2,500 propane fueling stations across the United States, and propane infrastructure is more cost efficient to install than infrastructure for other alternative fuels.

  • Worldwide, approximately 13 million vehicles operate on propane.1

  • Propane is the leading alternative fuel in the United States and the nation's third most common vehicle fuel, after gasoline and diesel.

Fact: Propane offers financial incentives.

  • The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Act of 2005 provides incentives for the acquisition, infrastructure installation and a 50-cent-per-gallon federal tax credit for alternative fuels, including propane.

  • Some states provide tax credits and/or grants for the purchase of alternative vehicles by government and private fleets.

1.  World LP Gas Association, 2008 Statistical Review of Global LP Gas (Paris, France: 2008).

Learn more about why propane is exceptional energy for fleet fueling, and find out about tax credits, rebates, and incentives.  Contact a DiSanto Propane Energy Consultant today.

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