Augusta County Sheriff’s Office goes green

The Augusta County Sheriff’s office announced this week the conversion of eight Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers currently in their fleet to propane autogas.

Conversions are being made through funding from the Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy as well as the United States Department of Energy.

Grant funding is managed by Virginia Clean Cites at James Madison University and is part of the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program. The grant not only provided conversions, but the installation of the propane tank and dispensing equipment. The grant is valued at $46,000.

  • Converting and utilizing propane autogas produces many benefits including:
  • Reduced maintenance time and costs per vehicle
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent
  • Approximately 90 percent of propane autogas is made-in-America
  • Onsite fueling versus traveling to a different location
  • Ongoing safety training and technical support
  • A savings of 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 Fisher. “We are helping to create a cleaner living environment, preserving jobs in the USA and creating savings to the taxpayers of Augusta County.”

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