You use propane for your grill and in your home. But it’s not just keeping you warm and cooking your food. It’s taking you places.
Your city’s police cars and your children’s school busses – even your local public transportation vehicles – may all be running on propane.
There are more than 350,000 vehicles run on propane in the U.S., according to a National Propane Gas Association report. Many of them are part of a fleet, such as service trucks, school busses, shuttle busses and law enforcement vehicles.
That means that whether you own a propane-powered vehicle or not, you may be riding in or otherwise benefitting from one.
So why are cities, companies, and school districts shunning gasoline in favor of propane?
Propane is a popular auto gas for the same reasons it is popular on farms and in homes: it is cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and versatile.
But propane also has one big advantage over gasoline that makes it perfect for fleet vehicles that must run in cold weather.
Propane auto gas vehicles with liquid injection systems avoid the cold-start problems common to gasoline-powered vehicles, which means no more missing work or school on winter days because your car (or bus) won’t start.
And in a recent edition of trade magazine LP Gas, Blue Bird reported their propane-powered school buses started and ran well – even during icy polar vortex conditions in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin that included temperatures of -13 degrees.
If you make decisions about fleets, or are just considering a “greener” personal vehicle, propane gas is worth looking into. Just don’t count on “my car won’t start” as your winter excuse for missing work.