CleanFUEL USA and ConocoPhillips [NYSE:COP] have signed a three-year agreement to advance propane infrastructure for the U.S. transportation fuel industry. Under the agreement, the two companies will provide resources to install and supply propane fuel pumps for commercial fleet fuel users.  Propane fueling stations will be installed not only at fleet owner sites, but may also be made available nationwide at select ConocoPhillips’ branded stations, which include Conoco, Phillips 66 and 76 stations.  ConocoPhillips will supply propane to the fueling stations through regional propane marketers.

CleanFUEL USA hopes the agreement and support from the energy company will help overcome the infrastructure challenge that the U.S. propane energy fuel industry has faced, and that fleet managers and OEMs will consider propane engine vehicles for their fleets.

Propane is an alternative fuel with lower greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline or diesel.  Reliable propane engine performance and maintenance has been proven by utilizing new technology developed from both Ford/Roush and General Motors (GM), which uses the CleanFUEL’s liquid propane injection (LPI) system.  Both Ford/Roush and GM are developing additional propane engine platforms in 2009.