Watch for Autogas, AKA Propane

Propane has been powering much more than barbeques and home heating systems for a long time. In the 1970s and 1980s, aftermarket suppliers were converting vehicles over to propane power and fleets were trying them out with much satisfaction. That went by the wayside for many years, with much more interest in natural gas as an attractive alternative, non-petroleum option. In the past couple of years, propane (also known as Autogas around the world), has been growing by leaps and bounds especially in fleet applications, and automakers and technology suppliers are working together to expand product offerings especially in light trucks. A new trade organization has just been announced that could unite leaders in the field and take things to the next level. Autogas for America hopes to increase the number of U.S. Autogas vehicles from 200,000 to 500,000 by mid-2013. The core goals of Autogas for America center around a three-pronged strategy: build a network of stakeholders; educate the U.S. public, government and media about the fuel’s benefits; and encourage America’s fleets to adopt Autogas.

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