- At Superior Propane, we’ve witnessed the benefits for our customers who have made the switch to propane to fuel their fleets. From construction and courier companies to taxicabs and school buses, running their fleet on propane has helped these companies reduce the overall cost of ownership.
- We know first-hand it pays off, which is why we’ve started growing our very own auto propane fleet. Today, almost half of Superior Propane’s service vehicles run on propane and our commitment is to outfit all new service vehicles introduced into our fleet with this system.
HOW IT WORKS
Superior Propane analyzed the cost and performance of five of its dual-fuel 2016 Ford F350 service trucks, which run on propane 99% of the time and gasoline 1% of the time. Within just seven months of use, Superior’s National Fleet Manager reported a 34% decrease in fuel costs for each vehicle, resulting in an annual savings of almost $5,000 per vehicle. It is estimated that Superior saves approximately 11 cents per kilometre by using propane compared to gasoline.
The cost to convert one of Superior’s Ford F350 trucks to dual-fuel was approximately $5,700, but the fuel savings quickly made up for the initial cost. “The savings on one dual-fuel service vehicle running 40,000 kilometres typically covers the conversion cost after about one year,” says the National Fleet Manager. “After that, we start seeing a return on our investment for the remaining life of the vehicle.”
Reliable and High Performance
Superior Propane drivers attest that their propane-powered vehicles are similar to the gasoline counterparts when it comes to power, acceleration, cold start properties and driving range. In fact, of all alternative fuel options, propane offers the longest driving range. When comparing octane ratings, propane has a higher rating at 104 compared to 87 for gasoline.1
In terms of safety performance, auto propane tanks are 20 times more puncture-resistant than gasoline tanks and propane has the lowest flammability range of all alternative motor fuels.
Propane contains less carbon per unit than either gasoline or diesel, resulting in as much as 26% fewer lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than gasoline.2 For light-duty vehicles fuelled with propane, the reduction in GHG emissions is as much as 11% per vehicle when compared to a lightduty vehicle on gasoline, according to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Harmful toxic substances such as Benzene and Formaldehyde are reduced by as much as 96% when using propane versus gasoline.3
Convenient Refuelling Options
Propane is the most practical alternative fuel because it can easily be transported to areas beyond the natural gas mains. It is 270 times more compact in its liquid form and therefore economical to store and transport.4 Because of its portability, auto propane drivers can find refuelling stations across Canada and at many major gas stations. In fact, propane has the largest refuelling infrastructure of any alternative fuel in Canada. This is partly due to the fact that refuelling station installation costs are up to 95% less.5
Depending on fleet size and other refuelling requirements, customers can also set up a fuelling station directly on their site. In this case, each driver is given an access card to fill up at the private station; when the drivers are on the road, they have the option to fill up at stations located across the country.
“The filling time is the same with propane and gasoline,” says Superior Propane Driver. “In fact, it’s easier and faster to fuel up using the propane dispenser in our yard.” Superior drivers now spend more time on the job rather than driving and waiting to fill up at a gas station, resulting in greater cost savings.
“The savings on one dual-fuel service vehicle running 40,000 kilometres typically covers the conversion cost after about one year. After that, we start seeing a return on our investment for the remaining life of the vehicle.“
“The filling time is the same with propane and gasoline. In fact, it’s easier and faster to fuel up using the propane dispenser in our yard.“
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1 The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC), a resource of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program
2, 3, 5 Canadian Propane Association, Auto Propane: A Smart Fuel Solution Fact Sheet
4 Propane Education & Research Council, Propane Facts Fact Sheet