EVs only part of the solution to reducing BC’s GHG emissions

CPA wants government to give more consideration to auto propane as an alternative fuel.

ABBOTSFORD, BC — The BC government should look beyond the promotion of electric vehicles (EVs) to reduce the province’s greenhouse gas emissions and consider auto propane as part of its energy mix, the Canadian Propane Association (CPA) says.

“We support the government’s actions on fighting climate change,” said Kevin O’Donnell, BC committee chair of the CPA. “However, there is so much more that can be achieved if the government looks beyond EVs and seriously considers the expanded use of auto propane. It’s an energy that is ready to help reduce emissions right away.”

The association believe there are ongoing questions about the affordability and practicality of EVs, and their growth must be supported by an immediate and comprehensive plan to reduce GHGs in the transportation sector, which is Canada’s largest contributor to CO2 emissions.

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“Equal consideration must be given to auto propane, which has significant environmental and economic advantages over gas, diesel and other alternative transportation fuels,” O’Donnell said.

Auto propane costs about 40% less than gas and diesel, and like compressed natural gas (CNG), has a lower carbon footprint than gasoline – up to 26% fewer GHG emissions.

The distance range of a propane vehicle is almost double that of other alternative fuel vehicles, such as CNG. Range and battery life concerns also exist for EVs, and in Canada’s cool climate this is exacerbated.

“There is a reason why auto propane is the most popular alternative transportation fuel in the world today,” said O’Donnell. “[It] is perfectly suited for use in school and transit buses, high-mileage fleets such as couriers and police cars, as well as taxis and pick-up trucks.”

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