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Iowa County Sheriff’s Office Converts Cruiser to Autogas for Fuel Savings

August 22, 2012

Sheriff Steve Michek said the conversion will save on fuel costs and overall maintenance costs. He is pictured (left) with a deputy.
Sheriff Steve Michek said the conversion will save on fuel costs and overall maintenance costs. He is pictured (left) with a deputy.

DODGEVILLE, WI – The Iowa County (Wis.) Sheriff’s Office expects to save between $5,000 and $5,400 annually on fuel costs after converting one cruiser to run on propane autogas, according to a release from Charter Fuels. Charter Fuels coordinated the vehicle conversion and autogas fueling as part of the national Alliance AutoGas network, which helps fleets across the country switch to American-made clean fuel.

A propane tank is installedin the trunk of the Crown Victoria.
A propane tank is installedin the trunk of the Crown Victoria.

“We first started looking into alternative fuel when we thought gasoline prices were high—and it’s a good thing, because they’re even higher now,” said Sheriff Steve Michek. “Propane autogas saves us about $1.50 per gallon on fuel costs, and in the long run we’ll save on oil changes and overall maintenance costs because it’s a cleaner technology. The deputy who drives the vehicle has even noticed a slight improvement in vehicle performance driving on autogas.”

Deputies currently refuel the converted 2010 Ford Crown Victoria at a Charter Fuels autogas station, but the County plans to have an on-site fuel station installed through Alliance AutoGas as it convert more vehicles in the future, the release stated.

Deputies refuel the converted 2010 Ford Crown Victoria at a Charter Fuels autogas station, but Iowa County is looking into installing an on-site fueling station as it converts more vehicles.
Deputies refuel the converted 2010 Ford Crown Victoria at a Charter Fuels autogas station, but Iowa County is looking into installing an on-site fueling station as it converts more vehicles.

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