Propane is a by-product of natural gas processing and crude oil refining and is often referred to as liquefied petroleum gas or LPG. Propane is non-toxic, colorless and virtually odorless. Propane becomes a liquid under moderate pressure (150-200 PSI) and is stored and dispensed in its liquid state. Propane is the third most commonly used fuel in the world behind gasoline and diesel and is the dominant alternative motor fuel in more than 38 countries. Approximately 85% of the propane used in the U.S. is produced domestically.
Propane can be used in light and heavy-duty vehicles. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are currently over 200,000 vehicles running on propane in the US and about 9 million in use around the world. Most propane vehicles are currently duel-fuel, large trucks and vans, though after-manufacture conversions for many vehicles are possible and original equipment manufactures are beginning to offer more factoryready models. Applications include cars, pickup trucks, forklifts, transit and school buses, delivery trucks, trolleys and vans.
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