ALTERNATIVE FUELS PROGRAM
The Office of Fleet Management Services’ (OFMS) Alternative Fuels Program offers a variety of options to meet our customers’ diverse transportation needs while taking steps to reduce harmful emissions and the Commonwealth’s dependence on foreign oil. After establishing the state’s first ethanol-based fueling site for state-owned vehicles in 2006, OFMS began working aggressively in 2011 to build an Alternative Fuels Program that today also includes propane, natural gas and electric options and infrastructure.
OFMS worked collaboratively with localities and industry professionals to approach the conversion of vehicles and the building of alternative fueling infrastructure simultaneously. The focus has been on methodically establishing a framework for a program that will benefit the state, localities and taxpayers. With this infrastructure in place, OFMS is prepared to offer any fuel source the market moves toward. Milestones include:
- Offering Virginia’s first public Compressed Natural Gas station in 2012
- Constructing the state’s first propane fueling site in 2013
- Providing the first Level 3 Fast Charger for electric vehicles in Virginia in 2016
Propane, otherwise known as LPG, is commonly referred to as autogas when used in transportation applications. Propane is a byproduct of natural gas processing and petroleum refining. Propane has been used for years in the transportation industry because of the fuel's high octane rating, making it an excellent candidate for spark-ignited internal combustion engines. Propane is stored under pressure in a liquid form. As the pressure is released, the liquid propane vaporizes and turns into the gas used for the combustion process.
Propane Vehicles: Propane conversions are available through the statewide contract with Blossman Gas. Buyers should check the available conversion systems before purchasing vehicle. Once the vehicle is purchased, the vehicle can be taken to a conversion center for the propane system installation.
Natural gas is an odorless, nontoxic, gaseous mixture consisting primarily of methane. Found abundantly within the US, natural gas is an excellent fuel for spark-ignited internal combustion engines. When used in transportation applications it is either stored as a compressed gas (CNG) or a liquefied gas (LNG). CNG vehicles store the fuel under high pressures (3,000 to 3,600 psi) in onboard storage tanks. LNG stores the fuel as a super-cooled (-260 degrees F) liquid in specialized insulated storage tanks.
Natural Gas Vehicles: CNG vehicles are available to order directly through statewide contract. For a listing of vehicle availability, go to the eVA vehicle contract page.
For more information on vehicle availability, cost savings or implementation contact OFMS Director, Michael Bisogno at firstname.lastname@example.org.