Propane Autogas – Conversions and Infrastructure

PERC Offers Tips for Refueling Vehicles Fueled by Propane Autogas

April 10, 2012

WASHINGTON – Fleets across the country have adopted work trucks fueled by propane autogas due to their easy refueling capability and cost effectiveness, according to Alan McEwan, engine fuel programs manager for the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). 

Onsite propane autogas dispensing helps eliminate off-site trips for drivers.
Onsite propane autogas dispensing helps eliminate off-site trips for drivers.

“Fleet managers can work with propane providers to develop a strategic refueling approach and conduct safety training,” he said.

McEwan compiled the following list of responses to common refueling questions. 

How do propane providers determine what type of on-site dispensing to recommend?
Propane providers make it easy to install on-site dispensing. Fleets have specific needs, so propane providers assist in developing a custom refueling approach. Onsite propane autogas dispensing is compact and easily installed, making refueling convenient for many fleets by eliminating off-site trips for drivers. A variety of tank sizes and dispensing pumps are available, and onsite dispensing can be upgraded as a fleet grows.

 What does onsite dispensing cost and how do fleets get installation approval?
Installation cost for onsite dispensing is comparable to the cost of installing a gasoline or diesel station. The actual cost of the refueling infrastructure and installation varies based on type and size. Propane providers inform managers about the advantages of owning and leasing infrastructure, and work with municipalities to ensure the recommended infrastructure meets state and local regulations. Depending on the infrastructure type, initial installation work may only take a few weeks.

What type of safety training is needed?
After on-site dispensing installation, propane providers train owners, managers, and drivers on proper safety procedures and personal protective equipment (PPE) and share safety materials. Propane providers often work closely with compliance organizations to ensure fleets meet ongoing safe handling procedures and practices required Occupational Safety and Health Administration training, Material Safety Data Sheets training, and other requirements

Commercial fleet managers can learn more by going towww.autogasusa.org or calling a local propane provider.

The Propane Education & Research Council was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of Public Law 104-284, the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA), signed into law on October 11, 1996. PERC’s mission is to promote the safe, efficient use of odorized propane gas as a preferred energy source through research and development, training, and safety initiatives. 

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