Propane Autogas Helping Fleets Reduce Emissions

Close up of the top of a school bus with an American flag in the background

Many companies rely on a fleet of cars, trucks, or vans to run their organization. Despite the variety of vehicles used and products or services delivered, management professionals are facing a common problem – how to produce fewer harmful emissions.

From August 2016 through January 2017, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) worked with the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) to execute a comparative emissions analysis study on emissions created through on road transportation vehicles. The study found that the emissions reductions by using propane autogas were significant for a variety of fleet classifications.

Light-duty trucks produced 36% less Nitric Oxide (NOx) emissions when using propane autogas compared to diesel and 5% less when compared to gasoline. For medium-duty trucks, it was found that propane autogas systems produced 4% less NOx emissions, and 12% less Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions when compared to diesel. 

As of last year, more than one million students across 48 states ride propane autogas buses to school. One of the many reasons why school districts across the country are tuning to propane autogas is due to its environmental benefits. In Type C buses, it was found propane autogas produced 15% less NOx emissions compared to diesel and 24% less compared to gasoline.

A recent study by Georgia State University directly links exhaust fumes and noise from traditional school buses to lower test scores. Previous studies proved that diesel exhaust contributes to allergies, asthma, and bronchitis. For further information on the study, click HERE.

To read the emissions report, click HERE.