Autogas: Safe, Alternative Fuel For New York Business

Autogas: the safe alternative fuel for New York businesses

New York businesses, municipalities and school districts that are just becoming aware of propane autogas understandably want to dig deeper and understand how it compares with other motor fuels, not only in terms of cost efficiency but also safety.

For starters, autogas is a very safe alternative fuel that is nontoxic, non-corrosive and insoluble in water. Fueling your vehicle with autogas is safe, simple and less expensive than filling your tank with gasoline or diesel.

Should the rare accidental release of autogas occur, the fuel would dissipate into the atmosphere with no harmful contaminants released into the air, soil or water.

Autogas fuel tanks are also 20 times more puncture resistant than gasoline tanks. In terms of flammability, the ignition temperature of autogas is a minimum of 920˚. Conventional gasoline has a much lower ignition point: 430 ˚-500˚. Diesel fuel can ignite at 410˚.

Growing demand

More fleet managers are discovering the autogas advantage, from airport shuttles to school buses and hundreds of other applications.

Every day, New York businesses are turning to propane autogas as a clean, green, economical alternative to gas and diesel for their light- and medium-duty fleets. Besides being suitable for vehicles of all types, autogas has proven to be an ideal fuel for a range of off-road equipment like forklifts and commercial lawn mowers.

Safe rides to and from school

Safely transporting students to and from school while navigating through all types of traffic, weather and terrain is a major—and sometimes daunting—task for school bus drivers. Naturally, this job requires focus, so the fact that propane autogas engines are 50% quieter than diesel engines not only makes for a more pleasant ride, but a safer one.

Buses fueled with propane autogas are crash-tested for impact in the side and rear, meeting rigorous motor vehicle safety standards.

Propane school buses also get excellent grades as far as emissions standards. When compared with the old diesel buses they have replaced, buses fueled by propane autogas produce far fewer toxic emissions.

If you’re interested in powering your fleet or off-road equipment with propane, your local propane company can help. Ask about converting your vehicles, setting up a propane fueling station at your property or arranging for on-site fueling on a regular schedule. Your propane company may even be able to help you qualify for alternative fuel incentives to help you save even more!