RALEIGH, NC – The Raleigh Police Department (RPD) worked with Alliance Autogas to convert 10 police vehicles, Ford Crown Victorias, to run on propane. Each vehicle has a dual-fuel system so it can run on gasoline or propane. In addition, Alliance Autogas installed an on-site propane autogas fueling station at the Raleigh North District stationhouse.
According to an Alliance Autogas spokesperson, these 10 vehicles are the first propane-fueled vehicles in the RPD fleet.
RPD stated it estimates it reduce the amount of gasoline used in a year by 30,000 to 36,000 gallons and save at least $30,000 in fuel costs. The department also expects reduced maintenance costs due to the high-octane rating of propane autogas.
Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan, as well as representatives from the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition, the City of Raleigh’s Office of Sustainability and the N.C. State Solar Center hosted the event.
In related news, the Virginia Clean Cities Coalition is offering grant funding for propane autogas vehicle conversions.
Also, one of the largest fleet conversions to propane autogas is being implemented by the Indiana Department of Transportation, which is converting 600 vehicles to run on this fuel.