All You Need to Know About Propane Fueling Infrastructure

Photo by Schilling Propane

Propane Dispensers & Fleet Propane Fueling Infrastructure

Infrastructure accessibility is a driving force driving fuel acceptance. Fleets depend on A competitive price for fuel is very important for fleets and locate it within a reasonable distance, and propane infrastructure is well-established across the United States.

Types of Infrastructure

Propane Dispenser

Propane Dispensers
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Fuel providers and fleets can set propane dispensers with other fuel dispensers, making it easy and convenient. The infrastructure required for propane is much like that of diesel and gasoline refueling equipment. Propane is brought to the locality via a delivery truck and put into onsite storage, commonly above the ground. The propane fueling dispenser is similar to a gasoline dispenser. When the vehicle tank has reached its maximum capacity, like gasoline, it stops right away on its own. The difference is that propane is passed to the vehicle under a low pressure, so it remains a liquid.

Codes and Safety

The NFPA 58 Code of the  National Fire Prevention Association must be included when establishing infrastructure. These guidelines apply to the design and installation specifications of propane refueling facilities. The local fire marshal will assist with this. Also, your local propane dealer can assist in determining the correct amount of storage needed to meet vehicle fueling needs adequately.

Cost of Fueling Infrastructure

Luckily, propane production, bulk distribution, and storage are present throughout the country, which means that establishing propane fueling infrastructure for vehicle refueling just requires the build-out of dispensing equipment—including the dispenser, storage tank, pump, and card reader at a station.

Propane Station

Building a New Station

Many propane suppliers allow people to lease the pump, dispensing parts, and tank inexpensively if they sign a contract for the fuel supply. In these scenarios, the fleet or the station owner is only responsible for the cost of equipment that cannot be discarded from the location upon contract expiration, such as the concrete pad for the storage tank or the electricity line. This means propane infrastructure is cost-effective. The cost of building private infrastructure, not through a lease, involves buying and installing the required equipment for storing and dispensing propane and generally runs from $37,000 to $175,000 but varies based on the situation and specific needs.

Propane Station
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Upgrading Sites That Already Exist

Most propane vehicles can refuel sites that are already in operation that provide small volumes of this gas—for example, for grill canister and mower filling. With sufficient demand, those places may upgrade their dispensing equipment system that utilizes a meter that is retail-style that can read cards for broader vehicle refueling. An upgrade to the pump may also be required to give alternative fueled vehicles a faster fill rate.

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