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Propane Fuels Public Health and Protection

Propane is the reliable, affordable, and green alternative fuel with the proven ability to meet the performance needs of high-mileage, long-runtime vehicles, such as law enforcement (police, security, and traffic enforcement), highway department, city utility, and public works vehicles. Even propane-fueled street sweepers are now available, resulting in cleaner air and streets—and tax credits for operators.

Safety when it matters most

When it comes to law enforcement vehicles, which may come under gunfire and are more likely to be involved in high-speed crashes, safety is a number one concern. Propane autogas tanks have been proven to be safe: the tanks are constructed from carbon steel and can withstand direct hits from bullets of various calibers, including .357 magnum. In addition, propane vapor has a much higher ignition point than gasoline and a very narrow fuel-to-air ratio in which it will ignite. To see a safety demonstration video, click here.

Fuel Smart: Benefits of propane autogas

  • Reduces greenhouse gas, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, and particulate emissions compared with gasoline
  • Promotes environmentally friendly transportation throughout the community through high visibility of vehicles
  • Ensures reliable operation of essential emergency and security vehicles
  • Supports the use of a domestically produced fuel, decreasing reliance on foreign imports
  • Reduces fuel and maintenance costs and lengthens engine life
  • Provides the opportunity for rebates and incentives offered by federal and state organizations for the purchase or conversion of vehicles as well as tax credits and exemptions on fuel costs

Proven performance

Government agencies across the country are implementing the use of propane autogas to fuel their vehicle fleets and reporting significant benefits:​

  • Raleigh, North Carolina: The city converted 10 police cars to dual fuels (propane and gasoline) in 2011, reporting a savings of approximately $22,270 and an offset of 20,332 gallons of gasoline in the first year of use. Based on the positive response from officers, 10 more were converted in 2012, and in 2013 the conversion of an additional 30 vehicles was authorized.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: The city began using propane autogas in 1995 to comply with the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act, and as of 2012 had more than 175 propane-fueled vehicles, mostly pickup trucks, in its fleet, with 10 more on order and plans to continue adding propane vehicles to capitalize on the cost savings they have realized.
  • Springfield, Illinois: In 2013, the city converted 24 police patrol cars and pickup trucks to run on propane autogas, estimating a fuel cost savings of more than $82,000 in the first year.
  • Avon Lake, Ohio: In 2013, the city planned to convert three police cruisers and two service vehicles to dual fuel systems (propane and gasoline) by the end of the year, then convert three more vehicles in 2014 and two more each year following, eventually converting all city vehicles to run on propane. Their motivation to switch to propane autogas was to lower fuel costs, improve vehicle performance, extend engine life, and promote environmental sustainability.
  • State of Indiana: Since 2011, the Indiana Department of Transportation has converted 583 small and full-size pickup trucks and vans to run on both propane and gasoline, while also installing 115 propane fueling sites across the state. The agency estimates a reduction in gasoline usage of more than 580,000 gallons per year and taxpayer savings of $1.1 million annually.

Sources:
http://www.autogasusa.org/propane-vehicles-and-equipment/law-enforcement-vehicles/
http://www.autogasusa.org/propane-vehicles-and-equipment/heavy-duty-vehicles/street-sweepers/
http://www.raleighnc.gov/home/content/AdminServSustain/Articles/AltFuelProgram.html
http://www.raleighnc.gov/government/news/content/CorNews/Articles/PropaneFueldPoliceVehicles.html
http://www.worktruckonline.com/article/print/story/2012/01/state-of-propane-autogas-in-light-medium-duty-truck-fleets.aspx
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10753401.htm
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20130607/avon-lake-to-convert-city-vehicles-to-propane
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9NRRQDO2.htm
http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/09/23/police-departments-powering-up-with-propane/
http://www.in.gov/indot/3081.htm

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