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Considering the alternative fuel sources for vehicles, liquefied petroleum gas, better known as propane, is a clean energy and making the switch is can be beneficial in the short and long term. Already it is the third most commonly used fuel in the US, however gasoline and diesel still lead the pack. From agricultural needs to municipal vehicles, propane has been fueling the transportation industry since 1912 and is showing no signs of slowing down. But why are fleets choosing propane over the alternatives?
Using Propane Fuel Is Safe, Clean, And Cost Efficient!
- Cost Savings
It’s no secret that another rise in petroleum costs will happen and when it does, you can bet that your fleet’s wallet will be hurting! It doesn’t matter if your fleet consists of 3 vehicles or 300, you can start saving immediate. Although there is an initial cost, this driver made the switch and it paid for itself after just 3 years.Although that driver is only an individual and not an actual business, the article mentions that the more miles you travel the quicker it pays for itself, especially if you are driving larger vehicles such as a 4×4. There are LPG-Petroleum hybrid options available as well if you are not comfortable making the full switch. With those, if your propane runs out it automatically switches to the petroleum fuel without skipping a beat.
- Join The Environmental Movement
Nobody likes the fact that CO2 is being dumped into our atmosphere at an alarming rate from as an effect of using petroleum and diesel. Although propane is technically considered a fossil fuel, the vapor created is commonly removed from the atmosphere by natural oxidation from the sunlight. In addition to that, it can be knocked down from precipitation. From this research, there has been no measurable impact on the global climate from propane.
To put it simply, LPG tanks on vehicles are much safer when compared to normal petroleum and diesel. LPG tanks are 20 times more puncture resistant than gasoline and have the lower flammability range compared to methanol, ethanol, petroleum, and diesel.
- Incentive Opportunities
In Pennsylvania alone there are a few grant and funding opportunities to take advantage of if you operate a fleet of vehicles. The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority can provide up to $1,000,000 in grants for projects dealing with switching to alternative energy. Incentives are a great way to get the ball rolling and in this case, can provide benefits to those that inquire about it and to the environment as a whole! There are other incentive programs in each state, so see which one can benefit you!
Now Is The Time To Switch!
Liquefied Petroleum Gas is on the rise across the country as more and more fleets are switching. From school buses, to police cruisers, the benefits are loud and clear. If this article didn’t convince you, we would be happy to talk to you about making the switch!