Propane-Powered Cars: A Sustainable Solution for Savings and Mileage

Tim Lease, Division Manager of Premier Co-op, has embraced a unique vehicle longevity and savings approach. His choice? Converting his vehicles to run on propane. It’s a decision that many might find daunting, but for Lease, it’s a pathway to quickly reaching that impressive 300,000-mile mark.

“I’ve been running my Ford F150 on propane since October 2016,” Lease shares. “I’ve been meticulous in keeping records on my savings, and to date, I’ve saved a little over $15,000.”

He’s taking this journey a step further by converting his 2022 Dodge Challenger. The expected difference in savings is a remarkable 11.4 cents per mile.

Lease explains, “After seeing the savings from my F150, it was a no-brainer to expect even better results by running my Dodge Challenger on propane. The higher the gasoline price, the better the savings. I also wanted to convert it to highlight that there is no change in performance by using propane.”

Lease’s 2022 Dodge Challenger features a manual transmission, which does not impact the propane system. During the conversion process, a 22-gallon tank was installed in the car, and an additional fuel cap was placed beside the gasoline cap. The system integrates a ‘plug and play’ system with the vehicle’s computer.

He elaborates, “This type of system starts on gasoline. When the engine coolant heats up to 100 degrees, the engine seamlessly switches to propane. If you run out of propane, the system switches back to gasoline one cylinder at a time. It’s a very smooth transition.”

Tim Lease’s journey exemplifies the potential of propane as a sustainable fuel alternative, offering substantial savings and impressive mileage without compromising vehicle performance.

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