Propane Vehicles












Propane has been successfully used as a transportation fuel since the 1920s. Today, in Michigan, over 10,000 vehicles operate on propane that can be fueled at over 500 sites throughout the state. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recognizes propane as a clean burning alternative fuel. Tests demonstrate that propane emissions have 93% lower carbon monoxide, 73% lower hydrocarbons, and 57% lower nitrogen oxides than even the federal Clean Air Act standards.

Because propane is stored as a liquid and used as a dry gas, its driving range is quite comparable to gasoline achieving over 90 percent of the driving range of gasoline. Based on equal fuel volume, propane has the longest driving range of all alternative fuels. This means propane has more energy for each gallon of fuel than other alternative fuels.

Like other alternative fuels, propane is clean burning. Because of this clean-burning characteristic, propane engines can operate two to three times longer than gasoline and diesel engines between tune-ups.


Propane Autogas

The IRS issued its updated guidance for claiming the Alternative Fuel Credit for 2015. This credit was extended retroactively by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. The NPGA is still waiting for official guidance on the new excise tax rates and claiming the credit for 2016. Check here again soon for more information.

In the meantime, the updated guidance can be found by clicking here.

Click here to learn how propane is your one stop fuel.
To understand the case for propane in your business, click here.
Click here to read how one police department made the move to propane police cars.
Click here for specific information about the widespread use of propane autogas in Michigan.

Propane Goes to School – Propane School Buses

Click here to learn how propane is making going to school less costly on the environment and for school districts.  In Michigan, there are over 300 propane powered school buses in use throughout the state.

To read a case study on how one district went green and saved green with propane, click here.


Propane Vehicle Incentives

Beginning in 2017, the Michigan Propane Gas Association is pleased to announce it is offering rebates to consumers toward the purchase of autogas vehicles. Click here to learn more about this MPGA Rebate Incentive Program.

Rebates are available to propane customers who purchase a new propane vehicle or convert an existing vehicle with a qualified OEM and EPA approved system.  Propane companies and their employees are eligible to receive rebates as well.  The rebate is $1,000 eligible on all propane autogas vehicles with the vehicle purchased or conversion made in 2017.  There is a limit of 5 vehicles per entity eligible for rebates.  The rebate program ends December 31, 2017 or when program funds are exhausted.  The payment of a rebate under the program or this agreement is subject to available funds.  If available funds run out during the program year, the MPGA may elect to carry over applications until the next program year.  All eligible purchases or retrofit installations must occur during the rebate program.


Other Resources

Propane Vehicle & Re-Fueling Information
Generic DOT SP-13341 Shipping Paper
ASME U Container External Visual Report