Edmonds begins converting police vehicles to propane fuel

Edmonds Police Officer Edmonds Police Officer Bill Nelson fills the city's first propane-powered vehicle.
Edmonds Police Officer Edmonds Police Officer Bill Nelson fills the city’s first propane-powered vehicle.

The City of Edmonds has finished converting the first four of its police department patrol vehicles to a new propane fuel system aimed at reducing carbon emissions and maintenance costs while also eventually saving the city some money.

According to information provided Wednesday from City Public Works Director Phil Williams, the city plans to convert all 16 cars in the city’s patrol fleet to the Prins Bi-Fuel Vapor Sequential Injective propane fuel system, a move that will save $60,000 a year. Additional vehicles, including work trucks, will very likely be converted to propane as they are replaced, Williams said.

The City anticipates a 21-month payback period for its initial investment of $105,915, with a five-year internal rate of return of 70.7. The fuel supply contract with Blue Star Gas Company of Seattle guarantees a propane fuel price of $1.25 per gallon less than the Seattle street price for regular unleaded gasoline for two years and $1 per gallon less for the remainder of the contract term, which will renew automatically each year at the City’s discretion.

“This is a great step in the right direction towards improving the sustainability of our government operations and preserving our community’s environment,” says Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling. “Innovation like this is key to the City’s future.”


2 Replies to “Edmonds begins converting police vehicles to propane fuel”

  1. This sounds like a good idea for the citizens of Edmonds to convert their own cars and use propane. Where can we get our cars converted and where is the closest suppy of propane that can be used in cars. If the City can get this kind of pay back and savings the citizens should be able to do the same thing.


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