Alliance Autogas

Fleet managers across the nation are constantly seeking solutions that combine cost-effectiveness, environmental responsibility, and operational efficiency. Alliance AutoGas stands out as the premier choice, offering America’s only complete program to transition fleets to autogas. This comprehensive approach ensures that every aspect of the conversion is seamless, affordable, and supported every step of the way.

The Comprehensive Alliance AutoGas Program

1. Vehicle Technology and EPA-Certified Conversion Systems

At the heart of the Alliance AutoGas program is advanced vehicle technology. Our EPA-certified conversion systems retrofit your existing vehicles or integrate into new ones, enabling them to run on clean, cost-effective autogas. This ensures not only compliance with environmental regulations but also enhanced performance and longevity of your fleet.

2. Refueling Infrastructure

Alliance AutoGas takes the complexity out of refueling by establishing dedicated autogas stations at your fleet base or connecting you with a nationwide network of public refueling infrastructure. This guarantees a reliable and accessible fuel supply, ensuring your fleet is always ready to go.

3. Seamless Data Integration

Managing fuel usage and efficiency is critical for any fleet operation. Alliance AutoGas integrates your new autogas refueling system with your existing fuel management platform. This seamless data integration provides accurate, real-time tracking of fuel consumption, helping you optimize operations and make informed decisions.

4. Comprehensive Training

Alliance AutoGas’s commitment to a complete program means your team will receive extensive training. This training covers all necessary aspects, including how to fuel, drive, and maintain autogas vehicles safely. By ensuring your staff are well-versed in these procedures, you can maintain operational efficiency and safety.

5. Ongoing Support

Support from Alliance AutoGas doesn’t end after the initial setup. Our complete program includes ongoing safety training and technical support through a vast network of fueling stations and Certified Conversion Centers. This continuous support ensures your fleet runs smoothly and efficiently on autogas.

6. Industry-Leading Warranties

To provide peace of mind, Alliance AutoGas offers industry-leading warranties on each vehicle conversion system. This warranty underscores our commitment to quality and reliability, ensuring your investment is protected.

7. Media Outreach Assistance

Going green is not just about operational benefits; it’s also a significant branding opportunity. Alliance AutoGas helps with media outreach to highlight your fleet’s transition to autogas, enhancing your brand’s reputation for environmental responsibility and potentially attracting new, eco-conscious clients.

Is Autogas Right for Your Fleet?

Determining if autogas is the right fit for your fleet involves a thorough evaluation. Alliance AutoGas representatives work closely with you to assess the specific benefits of autogas for your operations and calculate a personalized return on investment (ROI). This evaluation ensures that your decision to transition is based on concrete data and tailored to your company’s needs.

Ready to make the switch? Contact Alliance AutoGas today to discover how our complete program can transform your fleet and drive your business towards a greener future. allianceautogas.com/contact/

By Stuart Weidie

Propane marketers around the country often cite the lack of an autogas service network as a reason to not deploy our energy source in their own fleets. At first glance, this is understandable. However, they are missing out on the numerous benefits of using autogas, including reduced maintenance costs (especially versus diesel) and a large reduction in fuel costs.

For new purchases, there is a swiftly growing network of propane vehicle “upfitters” who are trained and qualified to install autogas systems. When the marketer receives the new vehicle, it is already running on propane. When a propane company wants to convert an existing gasoline engine to run on autogas, these upfitters — along with more than 120 certified installers in the Alliance AutoGas network — are available to perform this task. ROUSH CleanTech also has a map of service and installation centers. But what about servicing the individual vehicle once it is deployed in the marketer’s fleet?

One of the most overlooked options is your existing local shop. The process starts with a simple question: “Where do I currently get my vehicles serviced and maintained?” Often, this is a viable solution. Have you ever talked to them about autogas? Not only is this a new revenue stream for your existing shop, but it is also an option to have autogas technicians in your area able to service other vehicles in the community, giving you a head start in selling autogas to fleets in the area. The propane company becomes the “anchor” customer for the shop, giving them a new stream of customers through autogas fleets.

Companies such as Alliance AutoGas offer twice-monthly training to shops and vehicle technicians that are open to everyone. Vehicle uptime is critical to any fleet but especially to the propane marketer during the busy fall and winter months. The minimal annual maintenance requirements (filter changes, diagnostics and tank inspection) can all be performed locally and can be scheduled during periods of less demand.

Educating a local shop on autogas systems not only enhances the relationship between the propane marketer and the entity keeping their vehicle on the road, but it also increases the credibility of the shop by increasing its service offerings.

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is also investing in the training of service technicians around the country. PERC is focused on working with local technical schools and community colleges to provide funds through their Propane Autogas Vehicle Inspection Grant Program.

Another issue propane marketers tend to cite with propane autogas is this: “My diesel vehicle has a much higher miles per gallon (MPG) performance than my gasoline or propane vehicle.” Cost per mile (CPM) is a more appropriate measurement of annual vehicle costs versus using MPG. When considering the cost of diesel maintenance — particularly any problems with the after-treatment system, the fuel cost and the scheduled maintenance — there is no contest between the two. Actual data from propane marketers, such as Green’s Blue Flame Gas in Texas, has shown that the CPM to run a propane vehicle is 65 cents per mile on autogas versus $1.01 for diesel when comparing a Ford F750 with a 3,100-gallon barrel to a diesel bobtail with the same size barrel.

The numbers are consistent with service vehicles ranging from an F250 to F650 when comparing CPM for autogas versus diesel service trucks. This results in an astounding 45% reduction in fuel costs, without including the excise fuel tax credit. When including that fuel tax credit into the analysis, the numbers improve dramatically.

In years past, many marketers have expressed doubt about the viability of the propane autogas market. Comments have focused on whether this will hurt the core residential business and other commercial or industrial applications that our industry serves. The fact is, the United States is exporting over 25 billion gallons of propane annually, and the number is growing. There is an excess of propane that is available to use in our industry vehicles and commercial fleets here in the U.S., as opposed to being exported to other countries.

Together, we can grow the adoption of autogas in our propane industry fleets. Unlike 15 or 25 years ago, there are viable, quality technology options to operate a vehicle on autogas. If we start small and get our local shops involved, the opportunities are limitless. 


Stuart Weidie is the president of Alliance AutoGas, the complete solution for converting fleets to propane autogas. He has also served as chairman of PERC and the National Propane Gas Association. He was inducted into the LP Gas Hall of Fame in 2018.

In the search for cleaner transportation fuels, autogas emerges as a standout contender, offering a range of environmental benefits that make it an attractive alternative to conventional gasoline and diesel. Autogas, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), presents several key advantages for reducing emissions and improving air quality.

  1. Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Autogas combustion produces fewer carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared to gasoline and diesel. Studies indicate that autogas vehicles emit up to 15% less CO2, contributing to mitigating climate change.
  2. Reduced Harmful Pollutants: Autogas burns cleaner than conventional fuels, emitting lower levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and particulate matter. This reduction in pollutants enhances air quality and reduces health risks associated with vehicle emissions.
  3. Renewable Options: The availability of renewable autogas, derived from sustainable biomass sources, further enhances the environmental profile of this fuel. Renewable Propane Autogas, chemically identical to conventional autogas, offers carbon-neutral benefits by utilizing organic materials such as agricultural residues and waste biomass.
  4. Extended Engine Longevity: The cleaner combustion of autogas results in reduced engine wear and extended engine lifespan. Lower levels of carbon deposits and contaminants lead to lower maintenance costs and increased vehicle longevity.
  5. Enhanced Energy Security: As a domestically produced fuel, autogas reduces dependence on imported oil, enhancing energy security. Diversifying the transportation fuel mix with autogas mitigates geopolitical risks associated with reliance on foreign oil sources.

Autogas offers a compelling suite of environmental benefits, positioning it as a viable solution for reducing emissions and improving air quality in the transportation sector. With lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduced air pollutants, and potential for renewable production, autogas represents a promising pathway towards cleaner and more sustainable transportation systems. Embracing autogas as part of the energy transition agenda can play a significant role in addressing climate change, enhancing air quality, and fostering a more resilient and environmentally conscious society.

In today’s cost-conscious world, finding ways to save money without sacrificing efficiency is of great importance. Autogas, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), emerges as a standout solution offering substantial cost savings for both individuals and businesses. With its competitive pricing, enhanced fuel efficiency, and lower maintenance costs, autogas presents a compelling case for those looking to save without compromising on performance.

The Cost Advantage

The primary allure of autogas lies in its significant cost savings compared to conventional gasoline and diesel fuels. Offering a lower price per gallon, autogas immediately translates into savings at the pump for consumers. These savings, coupled with the fuel’s improved efficiency, ensures that drivers can travel farther for less, making every trip more economical.

Enhanced Fuel Efficiency

Autogas vehicles often demonstrate superior fuel efficiency compared to their gasoline counterparts. This means that not only does autogas cost less per gallon, but it also allows drivers to cover more distance on the same amount of fuel. The result? Substantial savings over time, as fuel expenses are minimized without compromising on performance or driving experience.

Reduced Maintenance Costs

In addition to its economical fuel consumption, autogas can also contribute to lower maintenance costs for vehicles. The cleaner-burning nature of autogas leads to reduced engine wear, resulting in extended engine life and fewer trips to the mechanic. By choosing autogas, drivers can not only save on fuel but also enjoy decreased maintenance expenses.

Upfront Investment Versus Long-Term Returns

While there is an initial cost for converting a vehicle to run on autogas and establishing refueling infrastructure, it’s important to consider the long-term returns on this investment. Despite the upfront costs, the substantial savings achieved through lower fuel expenses and reduced maintenance over the vehicle’s lifespan make autogas a financially savvy choice.

The Autogas Vehicle Inspection Grant Program offers an exceptional learning opportunity to students by leveraging PERC’s specialized curriculum, Propane Autogas Vehicle Inspection: Introduction for Automobile Service Technicians. This comprehensive course, designed to span one to two weeks with approximately 20 hours of instruction, aims to elevate the expertise of automotive professionals.

The primary goal of the grant program is to enhance the knowledge and skills of both current and future automotive professionals while exposing students to a broader range of career prospects post-graduation. Approved grant recipients stand to benefit from funding of up to $7,500, which can be allocated towards various essential purposes:

  • Procurement of a new autogas-specific training board to bolster the training facility, valued at $5,000.
  • Coverage of travel expenses for the class instructor to attend a mandatory training session on the curriculum, scheduled for June 5-6 at SEPATEC in Graham, NC.
  • Promotion of the new class offering to attract potential students.

Upon acceptance into the program, recipients will receive a standardized training board aligned with the curriculum, along with digital versions of instructor tools, student workbooks, curriculum materials, and other pertinent resources from PERC.

This initiative is open to all educational institutions and career centers across the United States, including technical schools and community colleges, provided they are willing and equipped to integrate propane-specific content into their course offerings. Each eligible institution may apply for one grant, and funding is subject to availability.

Furthermore, the program seeks marketers to serve as advisors for participating schools within their communities. These advisors, acting as technical experts on autogas and engine technology, will undertake the following responsibilities:

  1. Provide guidance and assistance to instructors on propane-specific inquiries.
  2. Deliver informative presentations to classes about propane’s significance in their community, potential career paths in the propane industry, and its environmental implications.
  3. Ensure that the school maintains adherence to the prescribed curriculum.

Applications for the grant program will remain open until March 29th.

Connect with and encourage eligible schools in your area to apply today at propane.com/autogasgrantprogram/.

Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference – Raleigh, NC, August 14-16 2023 

Providers and leaders in fleet technology assembled in Raleigh, NC, to share industry ideas, trends and strategies that improve sustainability of fleet operations.   

Stuart Weidie, President and CEO of Alliance AutoGas, had two opportunities to present the significance of using propane autogas for vehicle fleets. With high attendance in both presentations, Advancements in Medium/Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Infrastructure & New Models for Fueling and Charging, Stuart was able to raise awareness of the uses autogas right now and for the future. He discussed the availability of vast vehicle platforms offered, easy deployment of infrastructure, and the approaching availability of renewable propane. Garnering many questions and comments, it was apparent that Stuart sparked the interest of those in attendance.  

Michael Naglieri, Fleet Maintenance Manager with Davidson County Transportation, offered one of his vehicles at the conference to represent Alliance AutoGas. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, with an AAG bi-fuel system equipped, attracted many attendees to the vehicle. Michael knows and has seen the true results of using propane autogas for a transportation fleet, which truly resonated with others interested in learning more. Michael said his time at the conference was a great opportunity to raise awareness, “Using propane autogas is a solution that other fleet agencies can take advantage of right now. Being able to help the environment and increase fuel savings allows us to do many things we would not be able to do without the use of propane autogas. And working with Alliance AutoGas gives us a peace of mind that we are making a difference”. 

The 2023 Green Fleet Awards, presented by The NAFA Fleet Management Association, recognized Alliance AutoGas customer Blossman Gas, Inc. as the #48 fleet in North America. The Green Fleet Awards recognizes peak-performing fleet sustainability efforts and honors fleets who have enhanced practices to make a positive impact on the environment. Blossman Gas, Inc. has implemented green initiatives and sustainability practices as an organization, while continuing to advocate the use of propane autogas as an alternative fuel. Another customer of Alliance AutoGas, Chesterfield County, VA, came in at #27. They were also awarded a special acknowledgement for their fleet as Best Fuel Technology Integration. 

The Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program (CFI Program) is a new competitive grant program that will provide $2.5 billion over five years to communities across the country. The CFI Program will strategically deploy alternative fueling infrastructure supporting urban and rural areas alike, in addition to along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs). The program provides two funding categories of grants: Community Charging and Fueling Grants (Community Program) and Alternative Fuel Corridor Grants (Corridor Program).

Eligible Applicants consist of:

  • -State and local governments
  • -Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)
  • -Federally recognized Native American Indian Tribal governments
  • -Special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function
  • -State or local authority with ownership of publicly accessible transportation facilities
  • -An authority, agency, or instrumentality of, or an entity owned by, 1 or more entities listed above
  • -Private entities if contracted through a public entity

Eligible infrastructure must be publicly accessible. This includes parking facilities at public buildings, parks and schools, or publicly accessible parking facilities owned or managed by a private entity.  

The program will not only reduce greenhouse gas and vehicle-related emissions, but also will improve the alternative fuel transportation network through the nation.

Link to additional information: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/cfi/

Applications are due by June 13th, 2023. Submitted electronically through Grants.gov

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=346798

Grantor Contact Information: CFIGrants@dot.gov


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