AS AN ALTERNATIVE FUEL FOR VEHICLES
Propane gas is the most widely used alternative fuel, with nearly 4 million vehicles worldwide running on propane. More than 350,000 vehicles run on propane in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center. The Alternative Fuels Data Center documents 4,175 public propane refueling stations (more than three times as many as any other alternative fuel), and industry estimates range to 10,000 or more. There is also an established network of licensed propane conversion centers throughout the country. Propane-powered vehicles offer the best combination of durability, performance and driving range. Propane’s low pollution characteristics make it a safe choice for more than300,000 forklift truck operators and other indoor industrial vehicle operators. It is a popular and safe fuel for business and municipal fleets across the United States. More than 80,000 bus, taxi and delivery services, and other fleets are fueled by propane. U.S. automobile and truck manufacturers are producing more and more vehicles equipped with propane-powered engines to keep pace with this growing demand.
ON THE FARM
Propane is a staple on 660,000 farms, where it is used in a wide range of agricultural applications:
Crop drying—corn, soybeans, grains, tobacco, apples, peanuts, onions and other crops.
Flame cultivation—controlling weed growth using propane burners.
Space heating—for barns, pig farrowing houses, chicken houses, stock tanks, nurseries, greenhouses, orchards, and incubators.
Water heating—for dairies and stock watering tanks.
Refrigeration of foods.
Running a variety of farm engines, including tractors, weeders, irrigation pumps, stand-by generators, and seedling planters.
COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL USES
More than 1 million commercial establishments, such as hotels, restaurants and laundromats use propane in the same way a homeowner does: for heating and cooling air, heating water, cooking, refrigeration, drying clothes, barbecuing, and lighting. More than 350,000 industrial sites rely on it for space heating, brazing, soldering, cutting, heat treating, annealing, vulcanizing, and many other uses. Petrochemical industries use propane in the manufacture of plastics.