Propane Autogas – Conversions and Infrastructure

City of Marinette Estimates $5K Fuel Savings with Propane-Autogas Police Cruiser

February 22, 2012

MARINETTE, WI – The City of Marinette Police Department is driving clean and saving money with a new propane-autogas cruiser from Charter Fuels, a Wis.-based partner in the national Alliance AutoGas network. With estimated savings of more than $25 each time the vehicle refills, the City will potentially save $5,000 in fuel costs annually with just one propane vehicle on the road, according to Charter Fuels.

Charter Fuels coordinated the vehicle conversion and will provide clean-burning, affordable autogas fuel as part of the Alliance AutoGas complete program for fleets. Charter also held a training session to show Marinette police how to safely, effectively operate and fuel the new autogas-powered Ford Crown Victoria.

Autogas conversions from Alliance utilize the bi-fuel Prins Vapor Sequential Injection (VSI) system, which allows drivers to revert to gasoline if an autogas fueling station cannot be reached when the tank is running low. The unique ability of the vapor system to be transferred from one vehicle to another, unlike many propane-dedicated liquid systems currently on the market, makes it an especially viable option for fleets.

“We were able to lock in the price of propane autogas for an entire year, and not having to worry about the fluctuating price of gasoline and what it has done to our budget in the recent past was a big plus,” said Lt. Knapp of the City of Marinette Police Department.

Alliance AutoGas provides a complete program to help U.S. fleets transition to autogas, providing vehicle conversions, fuel supply, on-site fueling station installation, and ongoing technical support and training.

Charter Fuels has offices servicing 46 counties across Wisconsin, upper Michigan, northern Illinois, eastern Iowa, and eastern Minnesota.

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