N.C. county spending less on fuel costs with autogas

May 14, 2012 By    

North Carolina’s Davidson County Transportation reports it is saving thousands of dollars on fuel costs with 10 propane autogas buses. Alliance AutoGas provided the autogas vehicle conversions and an onsite fuel station to help Davidson County Transportation secure funding from the North Carolina Solar Center.

“We saved about $1,500 in fuel costs running on propane autogas the first month alone, and we expect to have reduced maintenance needs in the long run,” says George Hodges, Davidson County transportation manager.

Out of 15 vehicles in the Davidson County fleet, 10 vans have been running on autogas since February, with two larger, 22-passenger vehicles slated for conversion this summer.

Alliance AutoGas founding partner Blossman Gas guided the fleet through the conversion process, installing an 800-gallon autogas fuel station at the fleet¹s home base at no upfront cost.

“The fact we received a grant from the solar center to cover the cost of conversions, paired with the fuel station infrastructure, made switching to autogas a really good deal,” says Dwayne Childress, Davidson County purchasing director.

About the Author:

Kevin Yanik was a senior editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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