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Police cruisers go propane

Local - 1/14/2014 6:00 PM by Stuart Hammer

BECKLEY – The Beckley Police Department has four new toys that will help serve the community while protecting the environment.

Four cruisers in the Beckley PD fleet have been transitioned to clean-burning propane auto gas.

The conversion was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Energy Department and came at no cost to the city.

Officials say one gallon of propane costs, on average, $1.00 less than a gallon of regular gasoline.

Chief Timothy Deems says his officers are apprehensive about the change, but looking forward to having better performing cruisers on the streets.

“I think once they have an opportunity to drive them, they see that they actually run better because propane is higher octane than gasoline. So the vehicles run better, run smoother, it's cleaner burning, and less maintenance cost.”

Officials are researching the possibility of converting more of the fleet to propane in the future.


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