State goes greener with fleet vehicles

The state is trying to go a little greener when it comes to local governments and their fleet vehicles.

Two local governments, Spotsylvania and Culpeper, already take part in a state-run alternative-fuel vehicle program that helps localities convert their fleets to run on things other than the gas most cars use.

Spotsylvania County has about two dozen alternative-fuel fleet vehicles, mostly with the Sheriff’s Office. The cars run on propane fuel, something that saves tens of thousands each year in gas costs while also helping ease pollution caused by cars that log a lot of miles.

Now there is more money available for the program, something that will help more local governments convert their cars to run on alternative fuels.

Fredericksburg is among those included in the program, recently expanded by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The expansion will amount to $1.13 million annually in federal funding. That money will pay $10,000 toward new alternative fuel vehicles or conversions of current vehicles.

The program can include other alternative fuels, such as natural gas or electricity.

According to Virginia Clean Cities, a nonprofit group helping implement the program, the conversions help erase the annual use of about 1.2 million gallons of gas statewide and cut the release of some 2,000 tons of airborne pollutants each year. Local governments are saving about a combined $1.8 million per year in fuel costs.

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