The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) and the City of Austin have released performance and cost data related to the city's use of propane autogas, which has resulted in fuel- and operating-cost savings totaling nearly $300,000 annually.
The city currently operates 224 propane autogas vehicles (Ford F-150s, Ford F-250s, Chevy 2500s and Chevy 3500s) and 36 propane-powered mowers across multiple departments, including Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, public works, water, and energy. Austin first began using propane nearly 15 years ago, and it currently consumes roughly 120,000 gallons of the fuel annually.
‘We are working with many manufacturers and technologies to broaden our alternative fuel usage, [and] we continue to expand the use of propane vehicles in our fleet,’ says Bruce Kilmer, operations support division manager for the city. ‘Propane offers a stable fuel source that has a well-established supply chain and an evolved technology.’
The City of Austin is one of many municipalities across Texas that are choosing propane autogas. ‘More and more local governments are recognizing the benefits of propane autogas,’ said Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT). ‘In addition to reducing fuel costs and saving taxpayer dollars, propane lowers harmful emissions and contributes to cleaner air.’
For more information about Austin's use of autogas, click here.