United States: historic town in North Carolina unveils Autogas patrol car pilot
Along with Alliance AutoGas, the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office has launched a six-month pilot programme by switching two patrol vehicles to LPG. This bi-fuel conversion system is projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% and decrease fuel costs by approximately 40%.
By converting two cars into flexible bi-fuel vehicles, the Sheriff’s Office is also able to take advantage of fuel savings as Autogas will be locked in at a rate of $1.29 per gallon for five years. Due to its clean burn, the Sheriff’s Office will also save on maintenance costs averaging an approximate 60% in savings. An added benefit is the driver’s ability to run both a tank of LPG and a tank of gasoline which gives the officer about 600 miles before refuelling is needed.
“We decided to enter this pilot programme not only as a way to save money but to take steps to improve our environmental impact by using a cleaner fuel. This cost-efficient solution is ideal for the number of patrol vehicles and miles our deputies drive each day without sacrificing vehicle performance or power,” said Sheriff Terry Johnson.
After grant funding, the conversion costs for each vehicle is $2,000. The approximate savings for each vehicle per year is projected to be $2,000 which equates to an average cost savings of $8,000 over the life of the vehicle. For more information, please visit this link.
1 September 2021