The Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) is providing evidence of its commitment to the environment by converting 12 new fleet vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG), reports Government Fleet. Two converted Chevrolet Impalas have already been commissioned. The other vehicles, all new 2010 model year Ford Crown Victorias will enter service between now and end of year, with the first due to arrive early October.
These twelve vehicles will be assigned as “administrative cars,” meaning they will be used either by commanders or detectives.
According to the KCPD Chief’s blog site, “KCPD’s fleet of  vehicles uses about 1.3 million gallons of fuel annually. With gas prices as high and volatile as they’ve been lately, it is incumbent on us to be prudent with taxpayer dollars by investigating cheaper alternatives to gasoline. With federal stimulus grant funding, we purchased two Chevy Impalas that run on CNG at the end of 2010.”
Kansas City has five CNG refueling stations, where the fleet vehicles will refuel at significantly lower cost than their gasoline counterparts.