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9 fleets and more than 160 vehicles joining the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program for vehicle conversions; nearly 1,200 vehicles total

Virginia Clean Cities announced an additional nine fleets and more than 160 vehicles are joining the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program for vehicle conversions to propane autogas and the installation of on-site fueling stations.

Fleet recipients include Airport Shuttle of Baton Rouge, La.; Virginia Premier Health of Richmond, Va.; the City of Sandy Springs, Ga.; Community Counseling of Miss.; Buncombe County, N.C.; the City of Carrollton Police Department in Georgia; Pearl River County, Miss.; Lee County, Ala.; and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Jefferson, Ga. Several fleets already have autogas fueling stations, while four organizations will receive a new station under the program.

With the new fleet additions and the final allocation of project funding, the Program will convert nearly 1,200 vehicles from gasoline to propane autogas.

The program is supported by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, and is administered by the Virginia of Mines, Minerals and Energy and Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University. The total program award was $8.6 million, and with partner contributions at more than 50%, the total project funding is more than $19 million.

Autogas is the most widely used alternative fuel in the world, and 90% of the US autogas supply is domestic. Propane autogas costs an average of $1-per-gallon less than gasoline, and vehicle conversions and fueling infrastructure are cost-effective for fleets.

The Program utilizes the PRINS VSI propane autogas bi-fuel conversion system and certified technicians to perform installations. Fueling infrastructure and conversion equipment is provided by Alliance AutoGas, with co-founding partner Blossman Gas supplying fleets with propane autogas fuel.

The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program comprises public and private partnerships throughout 10 states in the Southeast US and Washington, DC.


Autogas is the most widely used alternative fuel in the world

So why is not available in the US?

I send the winter months in Turkey, where Autogas is available at most Gas/Petrol stations.


Propane is available at many US retailers, some of which also sell liquid motor fuels.

Driving cross-country on propane requires careful attention to the availability of fuel, and I don't doubt that any attempt to scale up the use of LPG for motor fuel would increase prices and run into supply limits fairly quickly. With only 1.16 million bbl/d of propane (of which more than 10% was imported), this is not a route to oil independence.

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