- Jul 26, 2010
Study: Argonne makes the case for a propane-powered automotive future
Argonne National Laboratory recently conducted an extensive study to determine the usefulness of LPG as an alternative fuel and discovered that LP gas is practical, easily obtainable and could prove to be less costly than conventional fuels. Argonne concludes:
As the study predicts, we can expect propane to quickly gain popularity in the commercial fleet market, but the lack of a nationwide infrastructure may keep propane-powered vehicles out of the public's grasp for some time. Click here (PDF) to read the entire Argonne report.Enough propane to fuel targeted fleet vehicles appears to be available, with expansion opportunities apparent in the school bus, taxicab, police, and paratransit markets. It is possible to secure long-term contracts for propane at a lower price than conventional fuels, infrastructure is relatively inexpensive to build, new vehicle products are coming online, and an extensive network of 25,000 propane fuel distributors already exists; these facts underscore the very favorable opportunities in place to expand the use of propane in transportation.
[Source: Argonne National Laboratory | Image: David A. Villa – C.C. License 2.0]