PERC Offers Tips for Refueling Propane Autogas Vehicles
Fleets across the country have adopted work trucks fueled by propane autogas due to their easy refueling capability and cost effectiveness, according to Alan McEwan, engine fuel programs manager for the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).
“Fleet managers can work with propane providers to develop a strategic refueling approach and conduct safety training,” he said.
McEwan compiled the following list of responses to common refueling questions:
How do propane providers determine what type of onsite dispensing to recommend?
Propane providers make it easy to install onsite dispensing. Fleets have specific needs, so propane providers assist in developing a custom refueling approach. Onsite propane autogas dispensing is compact and easily installed, making refueling convenient for many fleets by eliminating offsite trips for drivers. A variety of tank sizes and dispensing pumps are available, and onsite dispensing can be upgraded as a fleet grows.
What does onsite dispensing cost and how do fleets get installation approval?
Installation cost for onsite dispensing is comparable to the cost of installing a gasoline or diesel station. The actual cost of the refueling infrastructure and installation varies based on type and size. Propane providers inform managers about the advantages of owning and leasing infrastructure, and work with municipalities to ensure the recommended infrastructure meets state and local regulations. Depending on the infrastructure type, initial installation work may only take a few weeks.
What type of safety training is needed?
After onsite dispensing installation, propane providers train owners, managers and drivers on proper safety procedures and personal protective equipment (PPE) and share safety materials. Propane providers often work closely with compliance organizations to ensure fleets meet ongoing safe handling procedures and practices required Occupational Safety and Health Administration training, Material Safety Data Sheets training and other requirements
Commercial fleet managers can learn more by going to www.autogasusa.org or by calling a local propane provider.
The Propane Education & Research Council was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of Public Law 104-284, the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA), signed into law on Oct. 11, 1996. PERC’s mission is to promote the safe, efficient use of odorized propane gas as a preferred energy source through research and development, training and safety initiatives.