The use of Autogas, also known as liquid petroleum gas (LPG) or propane gas, to fuel vehicles is expanding across the US transportation industry. Having Autogas dispensers and other infrastructure to support growing demand is critical to meet the burgeoning demand for this domestically sourced alternative fuel.
Autogas is a major contender among alternative vehicle fuels, particularly with private, school, and business fleets. While Autogas-fueled passenger vehicles are still uncommon in the US, vehicles fueled by Autogas have been a growing segment of the transportation industry since being introduced in American fleet vehicles as early as the 1920s. Today, common users of Autogas-fueled vehicles include:
Autogas dispensers are frequently located on-site at fleet storage and maintenance facilities or at satellite locations along their routes. Increasingly, Autogas dispensers are also being added at consumer bottled gas facilities, traditional gas stations, and other retail markets.
Autogas dispensers can be installed as standalone units, or in conjunction with traditional gasoline and diesel pumps. The delivery system is similar to that for traditional fuels, consisting of a pumping unit and a hose with a dispensing nozzle in addition to a supply tank. As with gasoline and diesel pumps, Autogas dispenser designs can accommodate retail sales, fuel management units, and straightforward fuel dispensers in single or grouped units.
When evaluating Autogas propane dispenser solutions for your facility, you should consider how the dispenser will meet your fueling needs. We suggest reviewing them with these questions in mind:
Installations for fleet managers will typically involve a supply tank with piping to a fuel management system or a simple dispenser displaying gallons pumped out. Retail solutions include additional display and interactive features for pricing and purchasing and should interface with your existing point-of-sale system.
In retail installations, payment-based authorization will be needed. For fleet dispensers, various authorization methods, such as swipe cards, RFID tags, and others can be accommodated to permit Autogas dispensing and maintain a record of transactions.
The number of vehicles in your fleet and the volume and frequency with which they refuel will influence your choice of Autogas dispenser. Installations may also have multiple dispensers to allow more than one vehicle to fuel at the same time.
To protect drivers, maintenance staff, and others, as well as your facility and the vehicles in your fleet, it’s important to make sure your Autogas dispenser system is safe and in compliance with relevant regulations and requirements, including being UL-approved and NTEP-certified.
At IPS, we offer a versatile range of propane Autogas dispensers to meet your retail and fleet fueling needs. All of our units provide robust safety features and meet the requirements for UL approval and NTEP certification, among others.
Our Autogas dispensers can be customized to meet your installation requirements, including options for:
Our Autogas dispensing product lines include:
In addition to supplying dispensers, we also offer solutions for:
Further details on all of our products and systems are available in our online catalog.
IPS has partnered with Gilbarco and Gasboy to incorporate upfit solutions for our Fleet and Retail dispenser product lines. Additionally, access to qualified service technicians is critical to the success of your fueling operations. Our Autogas dispensers utilize many components common to gasoline and diesel dispensers, so parts and service are much easier to obtain locally.
At IPS, our experienced team can work with you to provide an Autogas dispenser system that meets your needs from initial design through implementation and upfit solutions. Contact us to learn more or to request a quote for your Autogas dispenser project.
Additional source: https://publications.anl.gov/anlpubs/2010/06/67243.pdf