Propane is the Winner on the Ticket
Today, let’s engage in a healthy debate between two heavy duty fuels in the world of transportation: diesel and propane autogas. While the upcoming four years has the potential to hold political and economic changes, one thing remains constant: propane is an affordable, clean, steady solution for transportation needs in nearly every industry.
Let’s get the lineup started by comparing diesel and propane in three key areas: price per gallon, emissions and availability.
Price Per Gallon
In one corner, we have diesel — a fuel that’s been a longstanding favorite in the transportation industry. Despite its historical popularity, diesel costs more per gallon than most other fuels. At $4.46 per gallon today, it’s painful to fill up with diesel.
Over in the other corner, propane autogas delivers a strong punch to diesel at the pump. Propane consistently costs dramatically less per gallon than diesel, and fleet managers can take advantage of alternative fuel tax credits, grants and built-in low-price contracts with propane suppliers to drive down the price even further. With ever-fluctuating fuel prices today, the low cost of propane can have a significant positive impact on your bottom line for years to come.
Now, let’s talk about emissions. Diesel emissions are widely known to cause respiratory distress in young children and have been labeled as carcinogens by the World Health Organization.
On the other hand, propane vehicles that use ROUSH CleanTech’s innovative technology are 90% cleaner than the EPA’s strictest standards. Propane is non-toxic, non-carcinogenic and reduces harmful emissions by 64% compared to diesel.
Moderator’s note: It’s true that both propane autogas and diesel meet EPA and CARB standards but diesel requires costly and complex aftertreatment.
There’s one final hot topic we need to address: consumer availability. Diesel is incredibly abundant and can be found on nearly every street corner. Fleets that choose diesel certainly have easy access to it.
But, you may not know that propane isn’t too far behind. Made right here in the U.S., propane is also abundant. There are more than 2,000 public propane autogas fueling stations in America. Propane is publicly available in every state, making it a practical and accessible choice for every fleet.
Let’s outline the results of the lineup today: while diesel may have the upper hand in terms of availability, propane comes out on top when it comes to cost savings and emissions.
No matter what the next few years hold in terms of political landscape or government subsidies, propane is a steady, reliable solution for most transportation needs. It’s a cleaner and more cost-effective option that’s readily available across the nation.
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