Blog : Meet a Green Alliance Business: Proulx Oil and Propane

By John | Jul 6, 2015 | in

For Newmarket's Proulx Oil and Propane, the goal was simple: offer an alternative fuel source to commercial vehicle operators to help reduce carbon emissions. Through Proulx Autogas, the company now converts vehicles to run on propane, a byproduct of natural gas processing that burns 70 percent cleaner than standard gasoline.

As more gasoline-powered vehicle's become propane-compatible, Proulx is determined to become the leading Autogas supplier in the region. Using the PRINS conversion system for vehicles, Proulx Autogas utilizes the same propane distributed through its home heating business.
To date, Proulx has helped outfit medium duty vehicles such as limousines and taxis, police cruisers, school buses, service vans and commercial lawn mowers and propane/diesel injection systems. The PRINS system, often referred to as the bi-fuel system, allows vehicles to run on both standard gasoline as well as propane, and allows drivers to switch between the two fuels while in operation without interruption.
Because of its ability to burn cleaner than regular liquid gasoline, propane fuel for vehicles was certified as an alternative fuel by the federal government in 1992. The conversion can also extend the life of a vehicle's engine. Autogas is gaining market share as a viable alternative fuel domestically and it is used in more than 18 million vehicles worldwide.

Proulx Oil outfitted 90 percent of its service vehicles with Autogas in 2013, helped set up an Autogas fueling station in Hudson, a conversion center at North American Equipment Outfitters in Hooksett and helped convert Eliot, Maine's Piscataqua Landscaping Company’s trucks. The company also converted the Penacook school district and Brentwood’s Provider Bus company bus fleets and provided the latter with a fueling station. Proulx also helped establish a fueling station for the Mount Washington Auto Road, which is converting its sightseeing passenger van to Autogas.

Where: 1 Simons Lane, Newmarket

Web: www.proulxautogas.com

Call: (800) 287-1921

What makes it green:

  • Offers fuel alternative that burns 70 percent cleaner than standard gasoline.
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  • Lowers carbon emissions for service vehicles.
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  • 18 million vehicles worldwide run on Autogas.
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  • Transitioned 90 percent of Proulx Oil's service fleet to Autogas.
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  • Established Autogas fueling stations in Hudson.
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  • Converted Piscataqua Landscaping Co.'s service trucks, as well as the Brentwood and Penacook school district bus fleets.
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  • Is a pioneer in the local biofuels industry through conversions and education.
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  • In the process of switching to 100 percent electronic billing by next year.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Proulx Autogas's full certification documents and learn more about its sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 other local green businesses at www.greenalliance.biz