Running vehicles on clean propane autogas can cut a fleet’s fuel budget in half, not to mention saving on vehicle maintenance in the long run. Nevertheless, transitioning to alternative fuel can still seem like an overwhelming prospect for many fleet operators, especially when it comes to questions about the fuel itself. Some may wonder: where am I going to fill up my new propane vehicle and how difficult is it to refuel? Will I always have fuel supply, and what happens if I run out? Is it hard to find a public autogas station? And, of course: is fueling with propane autogas safe?
Here are the top five reasons fueling fleets with propane autogas is a piece of cake:
1) Affordable onsite fueling stations
Because switching to alternative fuel shouldn’t be a hassle, Alliance AutoGas will provide onsite fueling at a fleet’s home base at no upfront cost to make the transition to autogas a seamless process. Installing propane autogas infrastructure is much more affordable compared to compressed natural gas: 15 to 20 autogas stations can be built for the cost of a single CNG station!
2) Safe and easy refueling
Autogas fueling is easy with no-spill, zero-emission equipment that operates similar to a gasoline fuel pump and also takes a similar amount of time to dispense. Alliance AutoGas provides staff safety training as part of its complete program, educating drivers and other staff on how to effectively operate and refuel their new clean vehicles. Autogas vehicle tanks are also 20 times more puncture resistant than gasoline tanks, and propane autogas is nontoxic, nonpoisonous, and has the lowest flammability range of any alternative fuel–even lower than gasoline.
3) Year-round fuel supply
Alliance AutoGas keeps fleets up and running on propane autogas with a guaranteed year-round fuel supply through its network of experienced fuel providers. Fleets can conveniently fuel vehicles at their home base and save upwards of $2 per gallon on fuel compared to gasoline.
4) Versatile bi-fuel autogas systems
Converting vehicles to run on propane autogas through the Prins VSI autogas system is an attractive option for many fleets because it offers versatility and peace of mind. For example, if the autogas tank happens to run low out of range of a fuel station, drivers can switch to gasoline with the push of a button. This eliminates what’s commonly known as “range anxiety” among drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles, which is especially important for high-mileage and law enforcement fleets. Also, the bi-fuel autogas systems can be switched from older, retiring vehicles to newer models with similar engines in practically no time.
5) Widespread network of fuel stations nationwide
There are already more than 2,500 propane autogas fueling stations already in place throughout the U.S.–including more than 2,000 public stations–a number that continues to grow as more fleets adopt this viable clean fuel. Visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s website to find an alternative fueling station near you.