Alliance AutoGas has announced the installation of its 600th autogas (a.k.a. propane) refueling station in the US this month. That's about 21 percent of the 2,842 total propane autogas stations now in the US, according to US Department of Energy data. The Alliance AutoGas industry organization says that it signifies the important role propane autogas is playing in making clean transportation fueling more widely available for US fleets.
Alliance AutoGas manages a nationwide program to help fleets switch from gasoline to propane autogas. The organization, citing the World LP Gas Association, says that there are more than 21 million vehicles in the world powered by propane. The Alliance has helped fleets switch thousands of vehicles over to propane autogas in the past three years.
While the press release calls these public refueling stations, they're really more of a combination of public and private at this time. A municipality might have some refueling pumps open to the public and the rest of them behind a locked gate. The Alliance is hoping most of these will eventually be open to the public, David Finder, national energy programs manager, told AutoblogGreen. Fuel payment cards could be part of that, since if more payment cards covered propane autogas, that would make it easier for drivers to pay for this fuel on their fleet fuel cards at these stations, Finder said.
Alliance AutoGas has been championing the benefits of propane autogas for years. For example, the fact that fleets can currently save over $1.80 per gallon versus gasoline. Propane's high octane rating means that vehicles powered on it require less maintenance. Another benefit is that about 98 percent of it is extracted from the US, a real benefit to what the Alliance calls "energy security."
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Alliance AutoGas installed its 600th propane autogas refueling station as of June 2013. There are 2,843 total autogas stations in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Energy, and Alliance is playing an important role in increasing that number to make clean fueling more widely available for American fleets.
Alliance AutoGas provides a nationwide complete program to help fleets switch from gasoline to propane autogas, the world's most popular alternative vehicle fuel, which powers more than 21 million vehicles globally [source: World LP Gas Association].
"Fleet customers depend on Alliance to make their switch to autogas affordable and straightforward," says Alliance AutoGas President Stuart Weidie, also the founder of Autogas for America. "The sheer number of fleet fueling stations we've built is a testament to our commitment to increase affordable clean fuel options nationwide - but it's also encouraging for our team of autogas fleet specialists who have been working to develop this market."
Weidie will speak about "The Cost-Effectiveness of Propane Autogas Refueling Infrastructure, Present and Future" during the 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation conference and exhibition (ACT Expo) in Washington, D.C., the afternoon of Wednesday, June 26.
Unlike proponents of other alternative fuels, Alliance AutoGas does not build public fueling stations with the hope that people will begin using them. Instead, Alliance provides everything a fleet needs to successfully switch to propane autogas, including vehicle technology, refueling infrastructure, fuel supply and ongoing technical support. In just three years, this fleet-first approach has enabled Alliance AutoGas to switch thousands of vehicles over to this cleaner, affordable, domestically-produced fuel. Alliance has helped its fleet customers offset thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions while preventing the transfer of millions of dollars to foreign oil suppliers.
"We chose to make the switch to clean fuel through Alliance AutoGas because it really is the only complete program to help fleets run on autogas," says Ed Hoffman, fleet and asset manager for Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc., North America's leading marketer and distributor of aftermarket automotive equipment and accessories. "After researching other autogas providers, we found most of them were just propane companies wanting to deliver fuel, and we needed more than that. Alliance helped us with vehicles, fueling stations and excellent ongoing support - a real all-in-one package that's perfect for fleets."
Alliance AutoGas will install an autogas fuel station at a fleet's home base as part of the complete program, usually at no upfront cost. Alliance then delivers dependable, year-round autogas supply, so fleets can always fill up their vehicles with cost-effective clean fuel. Autogas is significantly cleaner than gasoline, and 98 percent of our nation's autogas supply is made in America. In addition to saving on maintenance costs, autogas fleets currently save over $1.80 per gallon versus gasoline.
"Fleets desire to reduce costs, reduce emissions and reduce dependence on foreign oil-and the Alliance program is the most reliable choice to help them quickly reach those objectives," said Weidie.
About Alliance AutoGas
Alliance AutoGas enables fleet managers to use clean, economical, American-made autogas through vehicle conversions, on-site fueling and ongoing safety training and technical support. For fleets interested in new propane autogas-powered vehicles, Alliance also provides OEM vehicles and buses from major U.S. manufacturers as part of the complete program. Alliance AutoGas is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Prins autogas systems through Blossman Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Alliance AutoGas founding partner Blossman Gas. The Alliance network of propane marketers and conversion centers is experiencing tremendous growth, spanning 44 states, Washington D.C. and all of Canada. Learn more at: www.allianceautogas.com. For questions, contact David Finder, National Energy Programs Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 251-0027.