Why Propane

Today, propane is the number one alternative fuel for the automotive sector, and it powers more than 10 million vehicles in more than 38 countries. The reason is clear. Propane provides fleet managers with a cost–effective, clean safe and reliable alternative fuel. Plus, more than 90 percent of all propane used in the United States is produced domestically, reducing our dependence on foreign fuel.


  • Propane's on–site emissions have lower carbon content than gasoline, diesel, heavy fuel oil, and ethanol. Even when upstream emissions – those released as a result of extracting and processing energy – are factored into the equation, propane is still one of the best fuel options from a GHG perspective.
  • Propane does not have the contaminants of some other fuels like diesel, and has less criteria pollutants (which are indicators of air quality) across many applications. Propane's portability, storability, and environmental benefits also qualify it to serve the unique needs of several applications.
  • Propane vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 19 percent*; create 20 percent less nitrous oxide; up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide; and fewer particulate emissions, compared to conventional gasoline**.
  • Propane itself is not a direct greenhouse gas when released into the air, according to measurements reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. And unlike fuels such as natural gas, propane vapor is removed from the atmosphere faster than it takes for it to become well–mixed and impact the global climate.


When driving a Ford truck or van equipped with ROUSH® LPI technology, you will immediately notice there is no loss in horsepower, torque and therefore towing capacity. In the past, the older kits were found to have a total loss of all because they used to rely on vapor injection. Because ROUSH® technology leaves propane in the liquid state until injection; it's 30 percent more powerful than the older technology. More than 10 million vehicles worldwide are currently operating on propane with an amazing impact on costs and the environment.


Q. Is propane a reliable & proven motor fuel?
A. Yes. Propane has been used as a motor fuel for more than 80 years and is the third most widely used motor fuel behind only gasoline and diesel. Currently, more than 10 million vehicles worldwide use propane as motor fuel. Many US fleets have operated on propane for more than 20 years.

Q. Is propane safe?
A. Yes. Stringent codes and regulations applicable to the propane industry have led to a remarkable safety record. Still, the propane industry is investing and working to improve safety. Of note on safety are the following facts:

  • New propane cylinders include a device that shuts off the filling process when the tank reaches 80% capacity.
  • Tanks on propane vehicles are constructed from carbon steel and are 20 times more puncture resistant than typical gasoline or diesel tanks.
  • Propane engine fuel systems are fitted with safety devices and shut–off valves that function automatically in case of fuel line rupture.

Q. Is propane abundant?
A. Yes. The majority of the propane we use is produced domestically. And with the largest storage capacity in the world, the United States supply is abundant. Pipelines, processing facilities, refueling stations, distribution centers, and storage facilities already exists across the country, making large capital investments in infrastructure unnecessary.

Q. Is the vehicle covered by a warranty?
A. Yes. ROUSH® parts and Ford parts are covered under warranty. Please visit www.gogreendriveford.com for full list of warranty coverage.

Q. Are there government tax incentives?
A. Yes. State tax incentives vary state–by–state. To learn more about what incentives may apply in your state, visit these sites: www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/fuels/propane_laws_federal.html

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* The greenhouse gas (GHG) calculations mentioned here were developed in a study commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and conducted by Energetics Incorporated. Using the Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) model recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy, the study reviewed the full lifecycle accounting (on-site and upstream) of GHG emissions resulting from the use of propane and other fuels in various market sectors.
** Comparisons of nitrous oxide and carbon monoxide emissions are taken from studies conducted by the World LP Gas Association and the California Energy Commission in January 2003. Data on particulate emissions comes from studies by the Southwest Research Institute.