Converting Patrol Cars to Propane

Gasoline usage is dropping in the day to day operation of Evans' fleet. His costs are way down, and even with an ease in fuel costs, Evans knows that this was the right decision.


"It's great to get a rebate on our fuel. Also, I'm now known as the 'green' sheriff in Georgia, since propane burns cleaner and is recognized as a DOE alternative fuel. I've been able to take this initiative to the voters of Jackson County, showing them a realistic solution that not only cuts costs but also ensures that county cruisers will be on patrol, and cleans the air of our community."

Propane vehicles also have longer maintenance cycles than gasoline fueled cruisers. Engine wear and tear is significantly reduced. "When the time comes to sell my vehicles, I now have the choice of taking the propane equipment off and re-installing it on new vehicles, or selling them with the kit still installed for a premium to taxi and other commercial carrier fleets that want propane fueled units."

Ninety percent of propane is produced in the United States. Another seven percent is imported from Canada, and the rest is imported from US refineries abroad. This helps to ensure that propane is affordable and widely available in America.

Myths Busted

Myth: Propane is a highly toxic and dangerous fuel. It is much more dangerous than gasoline.

Reality: Propane is non-toxic and requires a much higher temperature to ignite than gasoline. Actually, gasoline ignites into fire at about half the temperature required of propane.

Myth: Propane tanks pose a threat to law enforcement officers.

Reality: We invite you to check out the video linked in below, done by the Mythbusters crew. You'll notice that the worst damage they could do to a typical propane tank with an armor piercing round only resulted in venting the liquid propane into gas. The tank didn't explode or create a fireball.

Myth: If propane leaks out of a tank, it will puddle up on the floor of our shop and be a hazard to our maintenance crew.

Reality: If you checked out the clip referenced above, you'll see that propane that is exposed to the air will simply evaporate, will not be combustible, and certainly will not leech into the ground and pollute ground water like gasoline or diesel fuels.



  • Enhance your experience.

    Thank you for your regular readership of and visits to Officer.com. To continue viewing content on this site, please take a few moments to fill out the form below and register on this website.

    Registration is required to help ensure your access to featured content, and to maintain control of access to content that may be sensitive in nature to law enforcement.