Americans have a love affair with their automobiles. They’re a huge part of our lives and they’re not going away any time soon. But motor vehicles generate more air pollution than any other single human activity. Hell, wars have been fought to protect our right to oil reserves in foreign countries. Oil spills threaten our oceans and wildlife.
- Emissions reductions. Propane, called autogas when used in on-road engines, has a lot less of all those harmful pollutants that come out of a gasoline- or diesel-fueled vehicles. With significantly less carbon monoxide, greenhouse gases, nitrogen, and other toxic gunk, autogas has real environmental and health benefits.
- Cost. Historically, autogas costs about 40 percent less than gasoline. The long-term return on investment is significant due to less maintenance costs (cleaner burning fuel through the engine means the engine stays cleaner longer) and lower fuel costs.
- Availability. Propane is abundant, with about 90 percent of propane produced here in the U.S. and an additional 7 percent from Canada. By comparison, the U.S. imports about 60 percent of the oil we use.