The Iredell County Sheriff's Office plans to convert all its Crown Victoria-model patrol cars to run on propane gas.
Propane gas is cheaper per gallon, requires fewer oil changes and allows cars to operate at the same performance levels as with unleaded gas, Sheriff Phil Redmond said this afternoon in announcing the planned conversion.
The Sheriff's Office will partner with Alliance Gas, which will provide fueling stations needed for the propane gas.
The cars still will be able to run on unleaded gas as well, Redmond said.
Redmond said his department will pay for the conversion using grant money and money seized in illegal activities.
He said the office also will be eligible for federal funding for using alternative fuels that will equal about 50 cents per gallon.
The cars will look no different than they do now.
Converting the cars is simple, Redmond said. It involves mounting a 24-gallon tank in the car.
The Sheriff's Office hopes to unveil the first converted cars in the next few months, Redmond said.