The U.S. lags far behind the international community in adopting autogas vehicle fuel - our country drives less than 2 percent of the world’s 15+ million autogas vehicles. The U.S. needs autogas in order to improve air quality and achieve energy independence. Autogas is a safe, clean and economical alternative to gasoline. It is almost entirely domestically produced and can be implemented now.
Autogas for America will eliminate thousands of tons of harmful emissions and reduce America’s dependence on imported petroleum, reaching half a million Autogas vehicles in the U.S. within three years – from 200,000 today to 500,000 by mid-2013.
Autogas for America will encourage a supportive regulatory framework to drive use of this American-made fuel. Specifically, Autogas for America will pursue legislation that promotes the use of clean Autogas, including the following:
- Extension of Expiring Provisions to extend the 50-cent-per-gallon tax credit
- Bill H.R. 4213, officially titled the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act of 2010, would extend excise tax credits and payments for alternative fuels, including Autogas, until December 31, 2010. Since it was instated in 2005, the 50-cent-per-gallon tax credit has provided fleets the incentive to make the switch to cleaner fuels and technologies. The bill has been passed in the house and is pending Senate approval for reinstatement.
- Click here to read more about the bill.
- Streamlined EPA certification process for clean alternative fuel vehicles and engine conversions
- Established in 1994, the current aftermarket fuel conversion system regulations require a lengthy technical procedure to finalize approval of conversion systems. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to amend current regulations for aftermarket vehicle conversion systems to reduce some of the economic and procedural barriers, streamlining the certification process while maintaining the same level of environmental protection controls.
- Click here to read more about the proposal.
- Long-term federal incentives to help fleet customers defer costs and promote alternative fuel use
- Long-term federal incentives for infrastructure development to expand the current network of alternative fueling stations
- Pursue a standardized system, similar to the CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) model, which calculates fuel efficiency and emissions results for OEM and aftermarket Autogas fueling systems and establishes systematic Autogas vehicle efficiency standards