Technology, Says PERC, Has Helped Make the Market
Special to Fleets & Fuels by Tucker Perkins,
Chief Business Development Officer
at the Propane Education & Research Council
Over the last decade, propane autogas has solidified its place as a leading alternative fuel due to the propane industry’s numerous technological advancements. To some, that claim may seem surprising. After all, propane autogas hasn’t seen the same share of headlines as other alternative fuels. But there’s good reason: we’ve been busy innovating.
The Propane Education & Research Council has supported the research, development, and commercialization of more than 25 new vehicles, school buses, and conversion technologies. EPA- and CARB-certified propane autogas vehicle options are available across all classes and for nearly every type of fleet.
There are currently more than 173,100 propane autogas vehicles on the road in the U.S., and PERC projects sales will increase the propane autogas vehicle population to more than 250,000 by 2020. And looking beyond what’s under the hood, the propane industry is making advancements in infrastructure that will undoubtedly contribute to the fuels’ popularity and growth.
Of course, it’s one thing to say these things are happening and another to show you they really are. Thankfully, with today’s all-propane issue of Fleets & Fuels, it’s easy to do just that. But just in case there’s any doubt, here’s a few things the propane industry is proud to report.
This year more than half of a million students will ride a propane autogas school bus, and there are more than 7,000 propane autogas buses on the road nationwide. No where else is propane autogas’ value proposition more visible than in the stories of school districts nationwide that are saving money on fuel and maintenance, reducing harmful emissions, and improving the health and safety of their passengers.
- As technology advances, sales are increasing and expanding into new markets. Landscaping, food and beverage, linen, government, public transit, utilities, and school transportation fleets are flocking to the fuel as a replacement to costly diesel. Well-known customers in these markets — including UPS, Nestle Waters, DirecTV, Frito Lay, and Dish — are seeing success with propane autogas.
- Low-emission quick-connect nozzles make the propane autogas refueling experience at parity with gasoline. Nozzles are no longer “threaded” into the refueling receptacle, meaning drivers can refuel simply – even one-handed – just like with gasoline. Additionally, emissions at the point of refueling are significantly reduced.
The industry has made the investment. Now it’s time for fleets to reap the rewards. Propane autogas has evolved from a fuel with a great light-duty lineup to a fuel that offers the same torque, horsepower, and performance across all vehicle classes, including new diesel substitution systems which are increasing sales in class 8. Today’s technology is driving the industry forward, we just have to put you behind the wheel. We invite you to learn more about our industry’s technology development and growing list of partners, OEMs, upfitters, and suppliers at propane.com.
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Source: PERC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up