The Canadian Propane Association (CPA) says it supports the British Columbia government’s commitment to a practical, affordable and immediate strategy to reduce automotive greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions but suggests that the government look beyond electric vehicles (EVs) and consider adding low-emission propane autogas into the energy mix.
“We support the government’s actions on fighting climate change,” says Kevin O’Donnell, B.C. committee chair of the CPA. “However, there is so much more that can be achieved if the government looks beyond EVs and seriously considers the expanded use of auto propane. It’s an energy that is ready to help reduce emissions right away.”
“There are ongoing questions about affordability and practicality in relation to EVs,” says O’Donnell. “If we are going to be serious about an immediate, affordable and comprehensive plan to reduce GHGs in the transportation sector, equal consideration must be given to auto propane, which has significant environmental and economic advantages over gas, diesel and other alternative transportation fuels.”
O’Donnell notes that autogas costs about 40% less than gas and diesel. Like compressed natural gas (CNG), autogas also has a lower carbon footprint than gasoline – up to 26% fewer GHG emissions.
The CPA asserts that the distance range of a propane vehicle is almost double that of other alternative fuel vehicles, including those powered by CNG. Range and battery life concerns also exist for EVs, and that is exacerbated by Canada’s cool climate.
“Auto propane is perfectly suited for use in school and transit buses; high-mileage fleets, such as couriers and police cars; as well as taxis and pickup trucks,” says O’Donnell. “Auto propane can immediately play an important role in helping meet the government’s transportation strategy goals, and the propane industry is ready to assist now.”