Convert Your Vehicle to Propane and Save Dollars

Posted by ThompsonGas on January 12th, 2016

Soaring gas prices are among the main reasons why more people are considering other fuel alternatives for their vehicles. Are you thinking of switching? Hybrid cars aren’t your only choice—you can also convert your vehicle to propane. For years, it has been proven that cars can run perfectly on this natural gas. In fact, the technology has been around since the 1960s—and is currently being used by about 350,000 vehicles in North America (albeit mostly commercial vehicles like trucks and forklifts). Public buses and taxis are also being introduced to propane.

There are many advantages to converting your vehicle to propane, and one of these is cost savings. On average, propane is about 50 percent cheaper than regular gasoline. It is environmentally friendly, too. In fact, it is listed as green energy and considered an approved alternative fuel in the 1992 National Energy Policy Act and the 1990 Clean Air Act. Propane is nontoxic and water insoluble, and it does not pool, spill, and leave residue because it is released in gas form. Moreover, The Southwest Research Institute found that propane exhaust produces 60 to 70 percent less smog-generating hydrocarbons than gasoline. This way, converting your vehicle to propane can reduce carcinogen and toxin emissions like toluene and benzene by up to 96 percent.

Propane can be delivered right to your garage (instead of you driving your vehicle to a gas station). Some suppliers offer a 'never run out' guarantee, which ensures that your vehicles will continue to be powered by propane to prevent any downtime. This way, you can count on this green fuel to help enhance your productivity. Propane tanks require minimal maintenance, so you do not have to worry about buildup or replacing your spark plugs due to wear and tear. If a tank runs out of propane, you can quickly replace it with another and your vehicle will be running again in no time. With propane, you can achieve about the same mileage and engine performance per liter.

By using propane for your vehicle, you can contribute to worldwide efforts to reduce gasoline consumption by up to 20 percent. A 10 percent increase in the use of propane in your fleet could help displace a billion gallons of gasoline in two years. Propane-powered vehicles operate much longer than electric-powered alternatives. A propane forklift, for instance, can run for up to eight hours between refueling compared to an electric forklift, which can run only between three and six hours before it needs to be recharged.

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This article was written by ThompsonGas. The 16th largest retail propane company in the U.S., ThompsonGas has been family owned and operated since 1946. The propane gas dealer provides affordable propane for residential and commercial propane gas service to customers across 10 states in the East and Southeast.

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