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Renewable propane is revolutionizing clean transportation across the country. In Petersburg, Virginia, police and shuttle vehicle fleets recently converted 49 vehicles from gasoline to run on this cleaner, ultra-low emissions energy source. Using propane autogas to lower vehicle fleet emissions is nothing new – fleets have been running on conventional propane autogas for decades. Now, renewable propane is growing in popularity as an even more sustainable and carbon neutral energy source. Propane autogas vehicles operating with renewable propane have a lower lifetime carbon footprint than electric vehicles charged using the electric grid in Virginia and many other states. Plus, they’re able to provide these low-emissions benefits at a fraction of the cost of electric vehicles.
You may be thinking “What is renewable propane? How can propane be a renewable energy source?”. Unlike conventional propane, renewable propane is made from a mix of waste residues and sustainably sourced materials, including agricultural waste products, cooking oil, and meat fats. In many cases, it’s a co-product of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel production. At the point of combustion, renewable propane’s carbon intensity is four times lower than conventional propane and five times lower than diesel.