Written on: December 11, 2023
Propane autogas, also referred to as liquid petroleum gas, is specifically formulated for use in on-road vehicles. With over 23 million autogas-powered vehicles worldwide, it stands as the third most widely utilized automotive fuel globally, following gasoline and diesel.
Lakes Gas provides comprehensive propane autogas services to businesses and school districts all over the Upper Midwest. We’ll set up an autogas filling station at your business and provide customized autogas delivery so your fleet will always have the fuel it needs.
A wide range of businesses use propane autogas. These include:
There are two types of autogas engines: dedicated autogas engines and bi-fuel autogas engines. A dedicated autogas engine exclusively runs on propane autogas, enabling businesses to fully capitalize on the advantages of autogas, including cost savings and clean burning.
Bi-fuel engines offer the versatility of running on both propane autogas and gasoline. By opting for bi-fuel engines, businesses can enjoy the advantages of autogas for local use, while seamlessly switching to gasoline when they are farther away from an autogas filling station. This flexibility ensures efficient operation and convenience, regardless of the location.
Propane autogas engines function in a manner similar to gasoline engines, utilizing spark-ignited internal combustion engines. There are two distinct types of propane fuel-injection systems: vapor and liquid injection. In both systems, propane is stored in a low-pressure tank as a liquid, typically positioned at the rear of the vehicle.
In vapor-injected systems, liquid propane is delivered through a fuel line into the engine compartment, where it undergoes vaporization through a regulator or vaporizer. Conversely, in liquid propane injection engines, the propane remains in liquid form until it is expelled through the fuel injector. This allows for precise fuel delivery control, leading to improved engine performance and efficiency.
Propane autogas, made in America, is a highly secure alternative fuel. Unlike other fuel vehicles, it doesn’t demand costly repairs and replacement parts. Let’s delve deeper into its benefits:
Propane autogas vs. diesel: Autogas engines require less oil compared to diesel engines, resulting in significant cost savings for preventive maintenance throughout the vehicle’s lifespan. Additionally, they eliminate the need for expensive diesel emissions fluids (DEF) and diesel particulate filters (DPF) to ensure clean operation. While DPFs typically require cleaning every 200,000 miles, frequent cleanings can incur substantial expenses for specialized cleaning equipment or mechanic services.
Propane autogas vs. gasoline: Gasoline vehicles pose a risk of fuel degradation and accelerated wear of engine components. In contrast, Autogas minimizes the presence of contaminants in the oil that can harm engines, and it also reduces carbon build-up on valves, an issue commonly associated with gasoline engines.
Propane autogas vs. electric vehicles (EVs): Many fleets are considering electric fleet vehicles as a solution to reduce emissions. However, the cost of setting up recharging stations can be a barrier. The estimated cost to establish infrastructure for 10 electric vehicles with five level 3 fast EV chargers is up to $480,000. In comparison, the estimated cost for installing infrastructure for 10 propane autogas vehicles with a single 1,000- to 2,000-gallon tank is up to $60,000. Additionally, propane vehicles have the advantage of greater range compared to EVs. Class 4-7 propane autogas vehicles can achieve a range of up to 350 miles on a single fueling, while electric work trucks have a range of approximately 120 miles. Furthermore, a Class 4-7 EV comes with a price tag that is up to four times higher than a comparable propane autogas vehicle.
Partner with Lakes Gas for your fleet’s autogas needs! Contact us today for a consultation.