Clean fuels help utility companies achieve emissions benchmarks required by federal, state and local government agencies while also helping to brand their company as a steward of the local environment. Today, more light- and medium-duty commercial vehicles in utility vehicle fleets are transitioning to alternative fuels, and many of those fleets are choosing propane autogas.
Propane autogas is widely regarded as a proven solution for fleets seeking to reduce emissions and the new ultra-low, medium-duty propane autogas engine technology dramatically reduces harmful emissions like nitrogen oxide (NOx), particulate matter (PM) and greenhouse gases.
Fortunately, the adoption of an alternative fuel doesn’t require sacrificing the fleet’s operating budget or the convenience fleet managers are accustomed to with traditional fuels. In fact, propane autogas provides the lowest total cost of ownership of any vehicle fuel, including gasoline and diesel.
Between fuel costs, maintenance requirements, and refueling infrastructure, fleets that are performing their due diligence before transitioning to alternative fuels will discover three of many reasons propane autogas is most likely the right fuel for them.
Fuel, Fluids and Filter Costs
On average, propane autogas costs as much as 50 percent less per gallon than gasoline or diesel, placing less stress on a commercial fleet’s annual fuel budget and cost objectives. Propane autogas is consistently less expensive than other fuels because the cost of propane falls between the price of oil and natural gas — the fuel’s two sources.
Unlike electric vehicles (EVs), propane autogas fleets are protected from the wide variation in unexpected expenses like kilowatt-hour costs caused by demand pricing, vampire power costs and on-peak rates applied in parts of the United States. These costs will sharply increase utility bills if electric vehicles are not charged during off-peak hours.
Another major advantage in using propane autogas is what the fuel doesn’t need added: fluids and filters. Any fleet owner who has worked with diesel engines knows these components are a necessity that can be costly to ensure the vehicle operates properly. The engine systems for propane autogas are less complex and burn clean, eliminating the need for additional parts and fluids that can contribute to unexpected repairs and downtime. Read the full article here.