The city of Springfield, Ill., has begun converting some of its municipal fleet vehicles to run on propane autogas as a part of a pilot project supported by autogas specialist CleanFUEL USA.
Bi-fuel propane/gasoline systems will be installed on a total of 24 vehicles – 17 police cars and seven trucks from the city's public works department. The State Journal-Register reports that autogas conversions on a pair of pickup trucks were already underway, and CleanFUEL USA reps were on hand to provide propane vehicle training to municipal employees and technicians. Each upfit costs about $8,000.
Lincoln Land FS Inc. is currently bringing in a bobtail to fuel the vehicles with propane, but the company will be installing autogas refueling infrastructure once the city receives the necessary approvals.
‘Right now, we have every indication to believe that this will be a successful program and we will be expanding it within the city,’ Springfield budget director Bill McCarty told the State Journal-Register.
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