The state of Washington will soon be home to one of the nation’s largest privately funded propane autogas public refueling networks, and the single largest installation of alternative fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.
Eleven 24-hour public refueling stations in the Puget Sound region were funded and spearheaded by Blue Star Gas, one of the leading propane fuel suppliers in the nation, and a member of the Alliance AutoGas clean vehicle conversion and refueling network.
The public propane autogas refueling sites will service the Pacific Northwest’s growing population of alternative fuel vehicles. Propane autogas, the term for propane when it is used in motor vehicles, is the leading alternative fuel in the world.
As local companies convert their fleets to propane autogas, Blue Star Gas took initiative to install public refueling sites in key locations to better serve its clients, according to Blue Star Gas Director of Government Relations Darren Engle.
“The Pacific Northwest has always been known as an environmental leader, and our clients’ business models reflect that by leading the way in reducing emissions with a green, clean-burning fuel like propane autogas,” Engle said. “As more companies and citizens convert to alternative fuels, Blue Star Gas is providing the resources they need to make the transition easy and simple. This latest refueling network project is an example of our commitment to servicing our customers’ needs with the latest propane autogas refueling technology available.”
The refueling stations, similar in operation to traditional gasoline filling stations, will serve more than 400 customer vehicles in the Pacific Northwest. These customers can gain access to the pumps 24/7 via a card-reading system, which also enables users to track fuel savings and miles-per-gallon usage.
Fleets in the area can contact a local Blue Star Gas fleet specialist for access to the stations and training on safe refueling.
The Blue Star Gas public refueling network first came online in October 2011 with a site installation in the University District of Seattle, which services Seattle Children’s Hospital. By July 2014, all 11 public refueling stations will be in service throughout the Puget Sound region. The network’s flagship station is located at Blue Star Gas – Seattle Co., 10802 E Marginal Way South in Tukwila.
More than 21 million vehicles worldwide currently run on propane autogas. The EPA-approved alternative fuel emits 12 percent less carbon dioxide, 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, 60 percent less carbon monoxide, and costs 40 to 50 percent less than gasoline.
For a complete list of propane autogas public refueling stations and locations in the Blue Star Gas network, visit www.bluestargas.com. You can also learn more about propane autogas, available equipment options, or speak with a Blue Star Gas fleet specialist by visiting www.bluestargas.com.