Propane now reduces emissions along the path to zero even further, providing a significantly less expensive and cleaner recharging solution. The new portable dual-purpose standalone fueling system from Propane Fueling Solutions allows fleets with various alternative fuel vehicles to refuel with propane autogas or recharge with DC level 3 fast chargers independent of the grid.
The skid infrastructure combines an efficient 60kW propane generator with wind and solar power to create a microgrid. This microgrid allows fleets to affordably implement a drop-in charging solution. The skid also includes a refueling station for propane autogas vehicles.
“We’ve seen it time and time again—the grid fails, the wind doesn’t blow, the sun doesn’t shine, and an electric vehicle fleet is grounded because it can’t recharge,” says Mauricio Morafiallos, Propane Fueling Solutions CEO. “Propane can be there in those moments to provide a clean, reliable power solution. Historically, EV fleets have relied on diesel generators for a portable charging solution. In those cases, all the good you’re doing with EVs is going out the window when those diesel emissions are released. Propane eliminates that issue.”
For light commercial microgrid (<100kW generation system) applications, propane fuel cells can lead to near-zero nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions, as well as a 24% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Propane fuel cells are also cost-competitive with diesel generators.
A ‘RESILIENT’ ENERGY SOURCE
The skid solution is significantly less expensive than traditional EV charging infrastructure. This is because it doesn’t require the same site prep, permanent housing, or other charges that come with permanent infrastructure. According to Propane Fueling Solutions, the skid cuts costs by as much as 75% or more. Because of its affordability, the fueling system allows fleets to try both propane autogas and electric vehicles without infrastructure investments.
Steve Whaley, director of autogas business development at PERC, says operators can install the portable, scalable, and reliable solution in less than 24 hours. Additionally, operators can fuel propane autogas vehicles within minutes. He also says customers can charge EVs reliably through propane-generated power, which provides a “truly resilient” energy source.
The dual-purpose standalone fueling system will be on display in PERC’s booth (#353) at the NTEA Work Truck Show, March 7-10, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Booth attendees can learn about the ease of refueling or recharging with the infrastructure through guided demonstrations of the technology.
Find out more, visit www.propane.com.