Alabama Corrections fleet achieves huge cost savings with Autogas

Over the past two years, the Alabama Department of Corrections has enjoyed huge fuel cost savings and reduced emissions – including greenhouse gases – simply by converting 72 of its prison work release vans to propane autogas vehicles using ICOM liquid injection propane systems.

“Given the Department’s high use vans – and the extremely attractive price at which Propane could be obtained from our existing state contract – the decision to switch to bi-fuel propane was an absolute no-brainer,” said Andy Farquhar, the director of the Alabama Department of Corrections. “Overall, we have been very pleased with van performance and the reliability of the conversion kits.”

The kits were installed by Precision Sales & Service in Birmingham, Alabama, owned by Buddy Gamel. “ICOM has proven to be a valuable partner for our company by providing dependable, low-maintenance liquid injection propane systems that will run well over hundreds of thousands of miles,” Gamel said. “This project was the perfect fleet to prove the reliability and performance of ICOM systems, as some of the 2014 E350 vans have achieved over 160,000 miles in less than 24 months.”

The project was deemed successful by all involved parties. “This was a winner for the Alabama Department of Corrections and the taxpayers,” said Albert Venezio, chairman of ICOM North America. “Because everyone saved a lot of money and benefited from the use of a greener fuel!”