Law Enforcement Fleets Saving Taxpayer Dollars with Clean Autogas Cruisers
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Wednesday, November 16, 2011 – As municipalities battle tight budgets and rising gasoline prices, law enforcement fleets across the country are leading the charge to save taxpayer dollars by shifting to clean-burning, American-made propane autogas. Running on autogas allows police and sheriff fleets to cut fuel costs by tens of thousands of dollars annually, while significantly reducing vehicle maintenance and harmful emissions.
The Vestavia Hills, Ala., Police Department recently discovered that converting 14 cruisers to autogas was the most cost-effective, efficient way to go green. They enlisted Alliance AutoGas to outfit their Ford Crown Victorias with bi-fuel systems and install an on-site autogas station to give officers easy fueling access. Vestavia expects to save significantly on fuel costs.
“Converting to autogas is simply the most viable solution for law enforcement looking to save money and drive clean, without sacrificing vehicle performance,” says Alliance AutoGas President Stuart Weidie. “Not only is autogas about $1.25 per gallon cheaper than gasoline but vehicle conversions and fueling stations are more affordable compared to other alternative fuels.”
Alliance AutoGas is the nation’s only complete program to help fleets shift to autogas, providing vehicle conversions, installing on-site autogas stations, supplying fuel, and ensuring fleets have ongoing training and technical support. Alliance is helping law enforcement fleets nationwide easily shift to autogas, including:
- The Jackson County, Ga., Sheriff’s Office outside Atlanta is saving between $110-145k 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 $30k in fuel costs and displacing 30-36k 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. They expect the clean-burning autogas engines to last longer than conventional gasoline engines, with estimated savings of $26k annually.
- The Augusta County, Va., Sheriff’s Office expects to cut fuels costs by $15k a year after converting eight cruisers to run on autogas.
Autogas is the most widely used alternative fuel in the world, and the U.S. supply is 90 percent made in America. Fleets running on autogas help reduce emissions, create green jobs, save taxpayer money and enhance U.S. energy security.
About Alliance AutoGas
The Alliance AutoGas complete program enables fleet managers nationwide to shift from gasoline to clean, economical, American-made autogas. The growing Alliance network currently spans 34 states nationwide. Learn more at: www.allianceautogas.com. For general questions, contact David Finder, National Energy Programs Manager, or (828) 251-0027.
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