Are Propane Autogas and LPG the Same Thing?

Written By: on August 1, 2022

Learn How Propane Can Fuel On-Road Vehicles

propane autogas arizonaIn Flagstaff and throughout northern Arizona, many buses and other vehicles don’t rely on gasoline or diesel to run. Instead, they’re burning propane autogas, also known as liquefied petroleum gas or LPG.

While LPG can describe propane in many uses, you can use it synonymously with the term autogas to describe propane that fuels vehicles. Propane autogas/LPG represents a vital and exciting alternative fuel that is US-made and exceptionally clean burning.

What Exactly is Autogas?

Simply put, autogas or LPG can power light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles. It’s actually been doing this for years! Some of the kinds of vehicles that use our autogas include:

The U.S. Department of Energy dictates that LPG for vehicles be composed of at least 90 percent propane, with other components being propylene, butane, and butylene. Vehicles generally receive autogas via a quick-release “Type K15” dispenser connector, so you don’t need protective gloves or goggles to fill up.

What are the Benefits of Using Autogas vs. Gasoline?

Propane is a U.S.-made natural co-product of natural gas extraction and oil refining. In fact, the U.S. exports more propane than it uses. And no new wells need to be dug to extract propane!
Environmentally, LPG is a vast improvement over both gasoline and diesel fuel, too. Consider these facts:

Autogas significantly reduces the carbon intensity of on-road vehicles and lowers their contribution to acid rain. As importantly, reductions in NOx and SOx make the air around them safer for adults and children with asthma and other respiratory conditions. When thinking about school buses, this is crucial!

Here’s another big advantage that LPG has over diesel and gasoline. It’s totally non-toxic, so unlike those other fuels, it will not harm soil or water if there’s a leak.

Looking into local, reliable suppliers for autogas or autogas-oriented services? Superior Propane Inc. can set up an autogas filling station right on your business site—no matter where you’re located in the Grand Canyon State! We also offer fast, friendly delivery too. Want to learn more? Give us a call today!