Fleet managers looking for alternative fuel vehicles – whether to limit greenhouse gas emissions or to respond to social or political pressure – should consider converting to propane autogas vehicles among the viable options, according to a new report.
“Propane autogas provides a substantial alternative to traditional gasoline and diesel fuels in fleets,” says the study, conducted by the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State University and commissioned by the Mississippi Propane Gas Association.
In the report, researchers detail the various considerations of converting traditional gasoline fleet vehicles, primarily medium-duty vehicles and police cruisers, to propane.
Among the benefits:
Because the cost of converting vehicles varies significantly based on the age, type of conversion, and model of vehicle, the study used the data found by surveying multiple entities across the state and region and found that the average conversion cost for a vehicle was about $5,600.
Case studies featuring a range of fleets discuss the pros and cons of converting to propane in some detail, and provide side-by-side operational comparisons with gasoline and diesel.
“Considering the costs of the conversion, it is important that decision-makers incorporate the cost of conversion into their models for converting to LPG to fuel their fleet vehicles,” the study notes. “Depending on fleet size, makeup, and VMTs, propane might not be the answer for everyone, but it is an avenue of consideration for fleets interested in utilizing alternative fuel vehicles.”
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