The Evansville Police Department and the Department of Sustainability, Energy and Environmental Quality (SEEQ) will receive $52,921.50 in Community Conservation Challenge grant funds from the Indiana Office of Energy Development. The grant will be used to convert nine EPD squad cars to operate on cleaner, less expensive compressed natural gas (CNG).
While still capable of operating on gasoline, the squad cars will also run on CNG, without sacrificing performance or safety. EPD Chief Billy Bolin remarked, "These grant funds will let us evaluate CNG performance in tough, realistic conditions – it certainly makes economic sense, too. If we use CNG 100% of the time, we estimate we'll reduce fuel costs by $18,000 a year."
"We're very grateful to the Indiana Office of Energy Development for selecting Evansville to receive these funds." stated Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. "We're evaluating CNG as a vehicle fuel as a means to reduce fuel costs. I want to thank our project partners - Muensterman's Car Service Center, Vectren Corporation and Energy Systems Group – their assistance and participation was and will be invaluable to successfully completing this project."
SEEQ Director Dona Bergman added, "CNG reduces our dependence on foreign oil, protects the environment because it's clean, with a smaller carbon footprint than gasoline or oil. The engines will stay cleaner, reducing EPD's maintenance costs as well as fuel costs. At the end of this project, the City will be setting a great example by operating 9 EPD squad cars, 1 Crime Scene Van and 1 METS bus on CNG."
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