Supply Strong, Prices Low, Vehicles On Hand to Challenge Diesel
It ought to be a very good year for propane autogas, says Tucker Perkins, chief business development officer of the Propane Education & Research Council: prices are low, last year’s supply bottlenecks are but a memory, and new vehicles are available to challenge diesel.
“We are very energized about 2015,” Perkins says.
“Gasoline has dropped almost 50% from its year-ago price. Propane’s also dropped 50% from its year-ago price,” he says. “The economic model still is intact. We have a strong financial advantage.”
“We’ve got robust domestic supply.”
‘Total Cost of Ownership’
Perkins concedes that with all fuel prices low, “the pressure’s off” of fleet managers to find a quick answer. That’s why, he told F&F, “We are making the commitment to be much more about total cost of ownership.”
There is full availability this year of larger propane vehicles too, he notes, mentioning specifically the S2G from Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp and the heavier Fords, like the F-650 and F-750, becoming available through Roush CleanTech.
Propane saves money on the “three Fs,” Perkins says: propane autogas Fuel itself, Fluids (no DEF as is required with diesel), and Filters. Compared with diesel, he says, “We’ve got a much cheaper, simpler engine.”
PERC is promoting autogas as the number one brand for propane as a transportation fuel, urging to industry to adopt its new patriotic logo for the fuel.
“Last year we debuted a new propane logo to better showcase propane in many of the other industries where it’s used every day,” PERC president and CEO Roy Willis said in a release.
Wear It Proudly
“The propane autogas mark is an extension of that same brand,” he said, “but serves an important role in the on-road industry: It brings consistency in what our industry, manufacturing partners, and customers call this popular alternative fuel at a time when sales are rapidly growing and when alternative fuels are becoming more widely adopted.”
Propane in known too as LPG, for liquid or liquefied petroleum gas.
PERC is urging operators of propane autogas vehicles to place the new autogas logo on their vehicles, as well as on “dispensers, tanks, and marketing materials to help showcase the fact that they’ve chosen a clean, American-made fuel.”
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Source: PERC interview with Fleets & Fuels