Propane Retailer Offers Wisconsin Fleets Relief from High Gas Prices with American-made Clean Fuel
LANCASTER, Wis. – March 22, 2012 – As Wisconsin drivers grapple with gasoline prices averaging around $3.70 per gallon statewide, public and private fleets that rely on cost-effective fuel are among the hardest hit. Propane retailer Charter Fuels is helping regional Midwest fleets significantly cut both fuel and maintenance costs by switching from gasoline to clean-burning propane autogas.
“Natural gas is making headlines as the answer to high gasoline prices, but there’s another American-made clean fuel that costs less than gasoline and is actually more affordable to implement than CNG,” says Doug Pink, president of Charter Fuels. “Autogas is the most popular alternative fuel globally for a reason. We’re helping fleets right here in Wisconsin experience autogas benefits drivers around the world have enjoyed for years.”
Charter Fuels is part of the national Alliance AutoGas complete program, providing vehicle conversions, fuel station installation, fuel supply, staff safety training and ongoing technical support.
“Not only does filling up with autogas save fleets more than $1 per gallon at the pump, we’ll install onsite fuel stations at no upfront cost through Alliance—that way, fleets can start saving right away,” says Bill Langlois of Charter Fuels, who recently helped the City of Marinette convert a police cruiser to autogas. Marinette expects to save around $5,000 annually on fuel costs with one propane vehicle.
Alliance AutoGas conversions are especially viable for fleets because they utilize the bi-fuel Prins Vapor Sequential Injection (VSI) system, which can be easily transferred from an older vehicle to a newer one, unlike many propane-dedicated liquid systems on the market today.
Fleets running on autogas report their vehicles have increased engine life, less maintenance needs and exhibit equal power to gasoline vehicles. Autogas also burns cleaner than gasoline, reducing harmful pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. And because 90 percent of the U.S. autogas supply is made in America, fleets running on this domestically produced alternative fuel are doing their part to enhance national energy security.
About Charter Fuels
Family owned and operated for four generations, Charter Fuels has provided the communities it serves with reliable warmth, expert energy solutions and greater peace of mind for more than 86 years. It has offices servicing 46 counties across Wisconsin, upper Michigan, northern Illinois, eastern Iowa and eastern Minnesota. Active in the local community, Charter Fuels donates profits from its pink propane delivery truck in conjunction with the American Breast Cancer Foundation’s “Pink-Ribbon” campaign. Visit www.charterfuels.com for more information.