Earlier this month, the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency (WNCRAQA) in North Carolina recognized the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office with the Clean Air Excellence award for running 10 patrol cars on clean propane autogas. The project was funded under the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program, with vehicle conversions, fueling and deputy safety training from Alliance AutoGas.
Sheriff Van Duncan accepted the Clean Air Excellence award during a WNCRAQA board meeting May 14 at the agency’s office in Asheville. The sheriff’s fleet is saving more than $13k annually and displacing 20 tons of greenhouse gas emissions running 10 cruisers on propane autogas since February 2012.
Buncombe County considered the reduction in the fleet’s overall carbon footprint as well as fuel cost savings and vehicle performance when it came to choosing an alternative fuel. Switching to propane autogas was an ideal choice to support the sheriff office’s mission to clean up the community and create a better environment for future generations. Autogas is significantly cleaner than gasoline or diesel, and U.S. fleets currently save upwards of $2 per gallon filling up with autogas versus gasoline.