Fueling Up On Propane

Does getting up to 300,000 miles on your car seem like a scary idea to you? It’s a scary thought for many – but not for Tim Lease, Division Manager of Premier Co-op. Tim had his vehicle converted to run on propane. He says he can now hit that 300,000 mark with proper maintenance with no worries. He also has some significant cost savings. 

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

Lease is now in the process of converting his 2022 Dodge Challenger. He expects to have a difference in savings of 11.4 cents per mile.

He says, “After seeing the savings from my F150, it was kind of a no-brainer that I could see 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 says his 22 Dodge Challenger has a manual transmission, which has no effect on the propane system. During the conversion, they put a 22 gallon tank in the truck. They also added a fuel cap next to the gasoline fuel cap. The system plugs into the vehicle’s computer, which is known as a ‘plug and play’ system.

“This type of system starts on gasoline, explains Lease. “When the engine coolant heats up to 100 degrees, the engine 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.”