Propane autogas technology is proven and available now. As the number one alternative fuel in the world, autogas powers more than 17 million vehicles around the globe. The United States currently has less than two percent of the world′s propane autogas vehicles, but U.S. autogas usage is on the rise.
In 2009, $300 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds were awarded via the U.S. Department of Energy to alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle projects. Of the approximately 9,000 vehicles that were represented by this funding, about 3,000 are propane autogas vehicles. Autogas technology is also certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, receiving approval before each vehicle technology is taken to market.
More than 2,500 propane autogas fueling stations are spread around the U.S., and that number is growing. Fleets can have a propane autogas fueling station implemented at the home base for more convenient fueling, as well.
The propane distribution system is well developed in the U.S., with more than 70,000 miles of pipeline. Additionally, according to ICF International, the transport system is sufficient to support significant growth in the U.S. autogas industry, and propane supply can keep up with demand. This supply and demand analysis shows that propane autogas is not just a short-term solution for fleets.