Since 2011, the City of Kingsport, TN has accumulated 96 light-duty propane vehicles to their existing fleet of over 700 vehicles. These alternative fuel vehicles include forklifts, police cruisers, work trucks, and mowers, all of which are primarily used in municipal applications.
Kingsport’s main motivation for beginning this project was cost savings. Fleet manager Steve Hightower was looking for a common sense technology that best suited the City’s functions. He recognized that propane autogas technology was sound, safe, and that it offered potential cost savings that would help Kingsport achieve an ROI. The program has been a success both in terms of cost savings and in terms of petroleum use reduction. In the latter case, the City has displaced over 200,000 gallons of gasoline since 2013.