The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is going green by using propane-fueled patrol cars.
The department will save approximately $15,000 each year by making the switch from gas to propane. Officials say the county will save $1 per gallon with propane.
The sheriff's office unveiled the first car with an installed propane tank on Monday and will eventually have eight propane patrol cars in total.
The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and James Madison University gave the Augusta County Sheriff's Office a $46,000 grant to go toward the new patrol cars.
“We're setting an example for the other law enforcement agencies. We're limiting the emissions in the environment, we're saving money at the same time,” said Augusta County Environmental Manager Candy Hensley. “I think it's a good thing and I'm glad Augusta County is on the leading edge.”
The sheriff's office will have a propane fueling station on site and all eight patrol cars are expected to be ready within two weeks.