TEMPLE (October 9, 2012)-The City of Temple is the recipient of a grant from the Clean Start Propane Refueling, Vehicle Incentive & Outreach Program provided by Texas State Technical College (TSTC) and its partners CleanFuel USA (CFUSA) and Public Solutions Group (PSG).
Funding for the grant has been provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to promote the use of alternative fuels to preserve the environment.
The grant will provide approximately $99,500 to convert eleven vehicles to propane autogas (LPG).
Currently, the city has four vehicles operating on LPG.
The opportunity will allow Temple to continue its program of converting the majority of its fleet to an appropriate alternative fuel, under its Sustainability Management Plan, a city spokesperson said.
The plan was adopted in January and commits the city to a clean, safe, and healthy environment by exercising sustainable practices.
The eleven vehicles converted under the grant opportunity will run on a bi-fuel system that operates primarily on propane autogas and uses gasoline as a secondary fuel option.
The city says they anticipate an annual savings between $2,500 and $3,000 per converted vehicle.
With the use of LPG, Temple expects to decrease gasoline use by approximately 1,600 gallons annually per converted vehicle.
The City of Temple owns and operates its own LPG fueling station, on-site, at its Fleet Services Center.
The station was installed with funding from a previously awarded grant.