Williamson County in Central Texas expects to save $73,000 on fuel costs annually running fleet vehicles on propane autogas. The County began converting vehicles to propane autogas in 2009, and now operates 36 clean vehicles across nine departments, including EMS, Williamson County Constables, and the Parks Department.
“We are pleased to be able to convert part of our fleet to propane autogas, which is domestically produced in Texas, and is less expensive than gasoline or diesel fuels,” said Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long. “In addition to being more economical, propane autogas is cleaner burning which makes it better for engine maintenance and emissions.”
In addition to saving on fuel costs, Williamson County was able to take advantage of the 50-cent-per-gallon Alternative Fuel Motor Tax Credit, a federal incentive available through the IRS for fleets that choose propane autogas.
The 36 autogas-powered vehicles in the Williamson County fleet include eight with autogas-dedicated systems and 26 with bi-fuel autogas systems. The County has also built six propane autogas fueling stations, each with a storage capacity of 2,000 lbs.
“Williamson County is just one of the many U.S. fleets making the transition to propane autogas,” said Jackie Mason, education and marketing director of the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT). “Across Texas, more fleet owners and operators are choosing autogas to power their fleets because it’s simply the most viable fuel on the market. Propane autogas is environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and made in America — the ideal fuel for fleets looking to reduce emissions and their fuel costs.”
Williamson County joins other Texas fleets that have saved significantly using propane autogas, including the Texas Department of Transportation and 75 school districts across the Lone Star State.