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Two Cents About Propane

“We are saving tax payers a lot of money by running these propane vehicles.”
– Kent Austin, Chairperson
Eaton County Public Safety Commission

“Filling it is so easy, it’s just like filling up your car with gas.”
– Sgt. Paul Brenton, Charlotte Police Department

“Vehicles running on propane last longer.”
– Chief Mechanic of Eaton County Transit Authority

Eaton County Running on Propane

Here’s a 60 second overview why companies and government agencies are switching to propane vehicles.

“I’ve reviewed a dozen presentations on electric, natural gas and many other alternative fuel vehicles and they have not made sense from a cost stand point— Then I looked at propane and the ROI numbers work,”

says Kent Austin, Eaton County Commissioner / Board member of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

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Picture from right: Kent Austin Eaton County Commissioner and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Board member, Sgt. Paul Brenton Charlotte Police Department, Donna Webb Manager at EATRAN

The Michigan Propane Gas Association and it’s propane retailer are making bold, aggressive claims about the performance of propane fueled vehicles. Organizations with fleets of cars and truck are taking notice and like Eaton County Government are buying propane vehicles. But why?

“They perform better than electric vehicles and way better than natural gas vehicles.” says the Scott Underwood the association member who is leading the charge for the MPGA.

The federal government is propping up a number of alternative fueled vehicles while propane vehicles sell themselves. Even in the absence of federal incentives for alternative fuels from the federal government propane vehicles are selling themselves.

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Executive Director of MPGA, Derek Dallin

“It’s great that states and the federal government are offering incentives for alternative vehicles but propane is proven to have the best ROI,” said Derek Dalling Executive director of the Michigan Propane Gas Association.

More than 13,000 propane propane vehicles were sold in 2017 in the U.S. These new vehicles annually consume approximately 36.8 million gallons of clean propane autogas and will be replacing fuels with high emissions like gasoline and diesel.

Mother Earth Loves Propane Vehicles

Propane vehicles, known as Autogas, outperforms gasoline and diesel in the vast majority of studies comparing environmental performance that have been conducted around the world. Emissions are especially low with respect to noxious pollutants. With respect to greenhouse gas emissions, autogas performs better than gasoline and outperforms diesel on a full-fuel-cycle basis. Propane is an environmentally green byproduct of natural gas processing plants.

Vehicle Mechanics Love Propane Vehicles

There is a strong financial incentive to choose it over a conventional fuel.

Like other alternative fuels, propane is clean burning. Because of this propane engines operate two to three times longer than gasoline and diesel engines between tune-ups.

“I’ve sat through a dozen presentations on electric, natural gas and many other alternative fuel vehicles and they didn’t made sense from a cost stand point— Then I looked at propane and the ROI numbers work,” said Kent Austin, Eaton County Commissioner and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Board member.

So How Big is Michigan’s Propane Vehicle Market?

Michigan has over 10,000 vehicles operating on propane that can be fueled at facilities throughout the state. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recognizes propane as a clean burning alternative fuel. Tests demonstrate that propane emissions have 93% lower carbon monoxide, 73% lower hydrocarbons, and 57% lower nitrogen oxides than even the federal Clean Air Act standards.

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From right: Donna Webb is the Executive Director for EATRAN, Kent Austin, Eaton County Commissioner and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Board member, Scott Underwood Alto Gas

Propane has more energy for each gallon of fuel compared to other alternative fuels.

When injected as liquid propane, its driving range is quite comparable to gasoline achieving over 90 percent of the driving range of gasoline. Based on equal fuel volume, propane has the longest driving range of all alternative fuels.

When Austin heard a propane vehicle presentation from Scott Underwood of Alto Gas it made him dig deeper in the ROI numbers—He liked what he saw. The results from other municipal government and private companies showed propane fuel is less expensive, cleaner burning and reduces maintenance costs.

If Eaton County converted just its small bus fleet to propane they would save approximately $100,000 year in fuel costs.

“Teslas, Volts, and Preus’ in a way get their fuel from coal burning power plants.” –Eaton County Commissioner and Board member of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

“Teslas, Volts, and Prius’s in a way get their fuel from coal burning power plants,” says Austin.

“I attend local government public meetings and introduced myself to local municipal leaders after the meetings. Fleet manager love it when they find out that propane is a domestic fuel and that our the propane engine conversion kits are Michigan made.” said Underwood.

Source facts/figures in the article in Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine, Propane Education & Research Council, Michigan Propane Gas Association.

 

 

Cash Conversions

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Larry Otto, MPGA Member

When explaining all of the advantages of propane to fleet managers, you cannot leave out the most advantageous opportunity of them all.

For the second year in a row  the Michigan Propane Gas Assocation is offering $1,000 worth of rebates to fleet owners that convert their fleets to Autogas. Larry Otto, an MPGA explains why they offer such a great deal for switching to Autogas.

“We are committed to a cleaner, more economical option for fleet owners. That is why our association is offering $1000 rebates to Michigan propane customers that are looking to upgrade to vehicles and lawn mowers with engines that run on propane.”

For More Information: MiAutoGas.com

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Michigan Autogas in the News

Who is Doing these Conversions and Why?

Michigan’s Leading Conversion Companies include Stanford, Roush, Icom and for facilities there’s IPS Industrial.

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Ronny Martinez, ICOM

Ronny Martinez of ICOM North America explains that “there are many reasons why a fleet should convert, and it all starts with significantly lowering cost of operations, which includes low fuel cost and savings in maintenance.”

In addition to saving money, fleets would lower their carbon footprint, which can help a fleet differentiate itself from a competitor. As a Autogas retailer if you explain these competitive advantages to fleet owners, Liquid Propane Autogas sells itself.

For More Information: MiAutoGas.com

 

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Michigan Autogas in the News

 

Michigan Leads Sales of Autogas…What?!

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MPGA’s Scott Underwood talks about the benefits of propane Autogas on Fox News

Shockingly Michigan is a leader when it comes to propane fueled vehicles.

It’s ranked fourth in the country, but things are just getting started. Over the next few years, Michigan has the resources to take the lead in the conversion of thousands of fleets to Liquid Propane Autogas.

West Michigan companies were early adopters in energy efficiency efforts, and that points to the bright future of propane vehicles in all of Michigan.

Scott Underwood of Alto Gas explains, “Pupil transportation and delivery trucks are best suited for Autogas in Michigan. Industries dealing with the private sector like HVAC, school buses, and food delivery are easy to contact and most interested in saving on the bottom line.”

As Scott explained, in todays market converting fleets to Autogas makes great sense.  By utilizing Autogas, fleets can expect to dramatically reduce emissions and their carbon footprint as well as lowering the cost of operations.

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Michigan Autogas in the News