News : Proulx hopes propane is the next big motor vehicle fuel

Nov 19, 2013

Originally published by Paul Briand on November 17th, 2013 in the Portsmouth Herald

NEWMARKET — Move over gasoline and diesel. Make way electric.

The next big fuel for your motor vehicle just might be propane, at least that's what James Proulx hopes.

The president and chief operating officer of Newmarket-based Proulx Oil & Propane is not just talking the talk, he's walking the walk. He's been using propane to fuel his pickup truck for the last four and a half years and about 115,000 miles.

The product is called AutoGas — propane as a motor fuel.

"AutoGas, if you will, has been around forever but in different forms," Proulx said.

But back before electronic fuel injection systems, there were reliability issues.

Some cars in the 1960s and '70s were fitted with propane fuel systems and "they were very economical to operate, but they had some cold-weather issues," Proulx said.

Advances in motor vehicle technology have overcome that problem. Today, said Proulx, running a car or truck on propane is as reliable as gasoline, with the added benefit of being less expense, by about $1.50 per gallon, And, he added, AutoGas "provides a significant improvement in the emissions."

It's the same propane that you might use to heat your home or fire up your patio grill. Instead of gas vapor, propane vapor is injected into the carburetion system that turns the pistons and powers the vehicle.

You can read the full article at Seacoast Online here.