JMU Helps Virginia Clean Cities Convert Vehicles to Propane

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The Virginia Clean Cities has completed its plan to deploy 1200 vehicles across the country that run on propane gas. This happened in 13 different states, including Virginia.

Twelve of those cars are now at James Madison University.

Allyen Harned, Executive Director of Virginia Clean Cities, said this change will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about two tons this year at JMU.

Harned said this is an opportunity to use domestic resources and save money. That's because propane is generally $1.50 less per gallon than gasoline.

The 12 vehicles will serve many functions around the college campus. Those functions include a maintenance car, police car and a taxi fleet.

"This is a major step up in James Madison University's commitment to cleaner transportation and sustainability and looking at our transportation energy. Madison has 80 alternative fuel vehicles that range from biofuels to electrical vehicles, even bicycle transportation," said Harned.

The twelve cars cost about $2,000 to complete.

This project was largely supported by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program.