If you’ve read our blog before, you’re probably somewhat familiar with propane-powered vehicles. You know propane fuels buses and farm vehicles, and even some cars you pass on the street. But here are some things you may not know about propane autogas, courtesy of the Alternative Fuels Data Center.
There are different kinds of propane vehicles. You can either buy a car meant to run on propane or convert one designed to run on gasoline. If you’ve purchased a vehicle designed to use propane, it can either be dedicated, meaning it only runs on propane, or bi-fuel, meaning it can run on propane or gasoline.
They have benefits over gas vehicles. At first glance, propane-powered vehicles seem very similar to traditional gasoline-powered ones. They perform about the same when it comes to power, acceleration, cruising speed, and driving range. But there are a few places where they outshine gas-powered vehicles. Propane has low carbon and low oil contamination characteristics that can result in longer engine life and reduce maintenance costs. And it performs well in cold weather climates, eliminating most cold-start issues that occur with liquified gasoline.
They’re greener than gas. Propane has a lower carbon content than conventional gasoline and diesel fuel. It has lower greenhouse emissions than conventional fuels, depending on vehicle type, age, and drive cycle.
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