SPADP is in the news again, this time for helping to convert eight police cars from gasoline to propane autogas for the Augusta County Sheriff’s office in Virginia. The $46,000 grant for vehicle conversions was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the United States Department of Energy. The project is being administered by Virginia Clean Cities and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. Alliance AutoGas also provided the Augusta County Sheriff’s office with an autogas fuel tank and fuel dispensing equipment.
The converted autogas vehicles can be fueled onsite and will cost less to refuel and maintain than their gasoline counterparts. The converted cruisers will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 20 percent. Representatives of the sheriff’s office said the switch to autogas will save the fleet approximately $15,000 per year. “In today’s world we not only need to reduce our costs, but be environmentally friendly as well,” said Sheriff Randall Fisher. “We are helping to create a cleaner living environment, preserving jobs in the USA and creating savings to the taxpayers of Augusta County.”