South Carolina Vehicle Conversion Centers Roll Out First Round of Propane Autogas Vehicles

Greenville County, South Carolina and Light’N’Up, deployed 15 propane Autogas vehicles last month as part of a large-scale, Recovery Act-funded alternative fuel vehicle project in the Southeast United States.

The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program will convert nearly 1,200 vehicles from conventional gasoline to propane Autogas and implement more than 20 refueling stations.

Greenville County and Light’N’Up are two of nine conversion centers participating in the project. The conversion centers are trained and certified by Alliance AutoGas, a national network that provides fleets with a turnkey propane Autogas vehicle conversion and fueling solution.

This program is an innovative way to clean up Greenville’s air and utilize a domestic fuel that’s available now. We’re pleased to be converting 100 of our county’s vehicles to propane Autogas with the Program, and we’re also excited to be a certified conversion center and help deploy this project—and continue alternative fuel conversions for the county after the project concludes.

—Alan Fairfield, Greenville County fleet director

Light’N’Up has been South and North Carolina’s police force vehicle specialist for 21 years. Light’N’Up is a complete patrol car outfitter, providing services ranging from installing police lightbars and K9 cages to creating custom vehicle decals for patrol vehicles. The center has performed six vehicle conversions for Pickens County and will convert the county’s 22 other participating vehicles.

The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program is supported by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program. The program is managed and administered by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University. The project includes partnerships throughout the Southeast including public and private fleet organizations, non-profits, government stakeholders, and several alternative energy and manufacturing companies in the alternative fuel market.


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