Propane Autogas: transforming transportation in our National Parks

National park ranger

Summer is a great time for a road trip – and if you’re lucky enough to have your explorations take you to one of our country’s incredible National Parks, be on the lookout for a familiar diamond-shaped propane logo on the back of the park’s tour and maintenance vehicles.

That logo indicates that the vehicle is powered by propane autogas – an alternative fuel that forward-thinking fleet managers in and out of the National Park Service (NPS) are turning to now more than ever before.

As part of the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative, many NPS transportation teams are converting their work trucks to propane or dual-fuel power to reduce emissions, save money, and create a more “climate friendly and climate ready” environment for the Parks’ more than 294 million annual visitors. Fleet managers from Acadia to Zion are reporting savings ranging from 30 to 70 cents per gallon since making the switch.

But the benefits or propane to the NPS aren’t limited to fuel cost savings, or even to trucks: fleet managers are reporting that they have doubled the driving range of their vehicles, while park maintenance crews are increasingly turning to propane to power their mowers and other land management equipment.

To see how propane is helping to power more sustainable, eco-friendly National Park Service fleet, check out this video.

Participating Clean Cities/NPS sites

Since 2010, Clean Cities and NPS have partnered on more than 30 projects to deploy propane autogas and alternative fuel-powered high-efficiency vehicles to the road, helping to reduce emissions, and improve vehicle efficiency.

Be sure to look for propane vehicles in these locations this summer:

  • Acadia National Park
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
  • Catoctin Mountain Park
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • Christiansted National Historic Site
  • Denali National Park and Preserve
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Independence National Historical Park
  • Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
  • National Mall and Memorial Parks
  • Nicodermus National Historic Site
  • Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Petroglyph National Monument
  • Pipe Spring National Monument
  • Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
  • Scotts Bluff National Monument
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Zion National Park

Considering an autogas conversion for your small- to medium-duty fleet or landscaping business? We can help! Contact Pelgas today to explore the cost-saving, emission-reducing benefits of propane autogas – or to arrange fueling for your existing autogas fleet!