Starting on Jan. 1, 2020 a new “quick-release “Type K15 dispenser connector will be required on all new propane-powered vehicles, according to the per the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) Code 58, updated in 2017.
This connector allows for one-handed fueling and does not require gloves or a face shield. For vehicles with the ACME QCC screw-on connector, an adapter is available. More information on the quick-release "Type K15" dispenser connector and propane vehicles can be found at: https://afdc.energy.gov/fuels/propane_infrastructure.html
“Anyone considering propane should make sure to order the correct connector for their fueling system,” said Andrew Conley, Consulting Services Director with Clean Fuels Ohio.
Ohio remains a leader in the deployment of propane vehicles and stations. Based on data gathered by Clean Fuels Ohio and the US DOE, as of March 2019, Ohio fleets reported using 4.25M gallons of propane fuel for fleet operations:
Ohio Alternative Fuel Vehicles At-a-Glance in 2018
Fuel Type: Propane
Fleet Vehicles: 877
Units (GGE, kWh, kg): 4,253,940 GGE
Active Stations: 17
Fleets deploying Propane have also benefited from incentives to make adoption of Propane vehicles even more cost-effective, including rebates provided by the Ohio Propane Gas Association, grants from the Ohio VW Settlement funds, and loans specifically for School Districts from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.
Clean Fuels Ohio has worked with numerous fleets to assist with analysis, planning, grant-writing, and alternative fuel deployment. To learn more contact Clean Fuels Ohio Consulting Services Director, Andrew Conley, at Andrew@CleanFuelsOhio.org or call 614-884-7336 for more information.