Law Enforcement Fleets Expect Savings with Autogas Conversions
November 22, 2011
• by Staff
ASHEVILLE, NC - The Vestavia Hills, Ala., Police Department recently converted 14 cruisers to run on propane autogas. The department outfitted their Ford Crown Victorias with bi-fuel systems and installed an on-site autogas station to give officers easy fueling access. Vestavia expects to save significantly on fuel costs, according to a release from Alliance Autogas.
According to Alliance Autogas, other law enforcement fleets converting to propane autogas include:
The Jackson County, Ga., Sheriff's Office outside Atlanta is saving between $110,000-145,000 annually after converting 60 squad cars to autogas.
The Raleigh, N.C., Police Department has converted 10 patrol cars, yielding an estimated annual savings of at least $30,000 in fuel costs and displacing 30,000 to 36,000 gallons of gasoline.
The Iredell County, N.C., Sheriff's Office has converted 13 cruisers to autogas by combining grant funds with confiscated assets from drug busts.
The West Point, Miss., Police Department has converted eight fleet vehicles. It expects the clean-burning autogas engines to last longer than conventional gasoline engines, with estimated savings of $26,000 annually.
The Augusta County, Va., Sheriff's Office expects to cut fuels costs by $15,000 per year after converting eight cruisers to run on autogas.
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