So Says Virginia Clean Cities-Southeast Propane Autogas
Fleets participating in the 12-state Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program saved an average of $1.62 per gallon by filling up with propane autogas instead of gasoline during the last quarter, says the Hampton Roads-based Virginia Clean Cities office. Total savings exceeded $100,000.
To date, autogas fleets in the program have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2,000 tons and displaced more than 1 million gallons of gasoline, Virginia Clean Cities says.
“We’re nearing the end of the third year of the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program, and we’ve seen tremendous results in terms of reducing harmful pollutants and emissions, as well as helping regional fleets lower their fuel costs by running on propane autogas,” Virginia Clean Cities executive director Alleyn Harned said in a release.
“Autogas is a domestically produced, cleaner-burning fuel that’s very cost effective for fleets, so it has a significant role to play in diversifying our nation’s transportation fuel,” he said.
Propane advocates cite a far lower fuel cost than gasoline, and say that autogas vehicle conversions and fueling installations are affordable.
With 24 autogas fleet vehicles, Spotsylvania County in Virginia will save approximately $70,000 in fuel costs each year, Virginia Clean Cities says, while “Community Counseling Services in Mississippi converted 29 fleet vehicles to autogas and will save an estimated $60,000 in fuel costs annually.”
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Source: Virginia Clean Cities with Fleets & Fuels follow-up