Sector: LPG

Another Oregon sheriff saves with autogas

Around two years ago we reported an Oregon sheriff using 10 LPG-powered patrol cars. Now a fellow law enforcer from the same state joins the ranks of satisfied users of the more affordable, less polluting alternative fuel. The savings are quite hefty...
BCSO's LPG-powered SUV© auto-gas.netIf you could keep the performance of your car, but cut its emissions and running costs, would you hesitate? Benton County's sheriff didn't!

Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) cut their fuel expenses in 2015 by 24 thousand dollars. But that's not all – CoEnergy Propane, the company that converted the agency's vehicles to run on LPG instead of petrol – recently presented Benton County with a $6700 cheque. The sum represents a 50-cents-per-gallon fuel price rebate, which depends on the amount of autogas used – the more consumed, the cheaper it becomes. So all in all, BCSO saved over 30 thousand dollars by switching from conventional fuel to the alternative one. If that's not impressive, what is?

The decision to have law enforcement vehicles (cruisers, SUVs and pick-up trucks) converted to LPG was made in the autumn of 2014. The autogas systems were fitted at Linn-Benton Community College’s then newly launched Advanced Transportation Technology Center in Lebanon, Oregon, where CoEnergy is a partner as far as alternative fuel education is concerned.

According to Randy Camp, general manager of CoEnergy Propane, other local companies and organisations, encouraged by BCSO's example, are too considering converting their fleets to autogas. As Mr. Camp said, the infrastructure is already out there, all over Oregon. In fact, several fleets of autogas-powered vehicles have already been deployed, including a part of a local school district's school buses. Next up may be Benton County's Dial-A-Ride buses. Way to go, Oregon!


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Robert Markowski
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