Muskingum County, Ohio’s air is cleaner thanks to the Sheriff department’s efforts, launched in 2015, to converting patrol vehicles to run on propane Autogas. These efforts earned the Muskingum County Sheriff certification as part of the Ohio Green Fleet Class of 2017. Their fleet continues to grow using more propane fueled vehicles and less gasoline fueled vehicles.
The Propane Education and Research Council recently featured the Muskingum County Sheriff’s propane fleet in a video. According to Sheriff Lutz, "The fuel cost savings were huge. It was kind of a 'knock-out-punch' to hear that we would have the significant savings immediately." Sheriff Lutz also is happy with the performance of his vehicles.
"We’re getting the performance we need. We feel in the long run these units will be paid for. We'll continue to use propane cars because we're seeing the difference." "The safety factor, the performance factor, all that stuff played a part in our decision to go with propane. We’re keeping our engines cleaner, the engines last longer and not to mention, it’s green and saving our community. It’s really been a positive thing.”
“The Muskingum County Sheriff exemplifies what Clean Fuels Ohio is looking for when certifying and recognizing new fleets for the 2019 Ohio Green Fleets class,” said Andrew Conley, Fleet Services Director for Clean Fuels Ohio. “Typically, fleets that enter this program are users of alternative fuels, vehicle efficiency technologies, and/or idle reduction technologies.”