Aug. 31, 2013

Texas Law Enforcement Vehicles Fill up With Propane (Text Version)

This is a text version of the video segment Texas Law Enforcement Vehicles Fill up With Propane, which aired on Aug. 31, 2013.

JOHN DAVIS: Our success story this week takes us to Williamson County, Texas, which has added 22 bi-fuel Chevrolet Tahoes for their constables and other services.

A Department of Energy grant helped to pay for the propane autogas conversions and five propane fueling sites around the county. A simple dash switch makes for a seamless transition between fuels. The county cites fuel savings of close to $70,000 a year using the locally produced fuel.

CYNTHIA LONG: We buy our fuel from Texas, and so we're producing Texas jobs and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. And then it's cleaner burning, and we're in an area that is near nonattainment, and so the less that we're putting into the air is good for all of us.

JOHN DAVIS: Their propane fleet also includes emergency services vehicles and a pair of Bobcat off-road ATVs for their parks department. Working with the Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance, this central Texas county sees more alt fuel vehicles in their near future.

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