The City of Kingsport, Tenn., is converting 20 additional police cruisers to run on propane autogas as part of its effort to reduce fuel costs, the Times News reported. So far, its propane and hybrid electric vehicle fleet have allowed the city to save $250,000 in fuel costs in the past decade.
The city has a received $68,250 grant for its latest propane-autogas conversions.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, awarded the city, along with other organizations, with a Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award for its alternative-fuel fleet.
Since 2008, the city has made efforts to convert its fleet to propane-autogas. Fleet Manager Steve Hightower took on the project to make the fleet more environmentally sustainable and to save money in fuel costs. As of May 2018, the city has 96 propane-powered vehicles ranging from lawn mowers to police cars. It also has 21 hybrid and electric vehicles, according to the TDEC.
Use of these vehicles allowed the city to displace use of more than 197,000 gallons of gasoline from 2013 to 2017.