Virginia Clean Cities announced that nine more fleets, representing more than 160 vehicles, have joined the Southeast Propane Autogas Development program.

As part of the program, the fleets have committed to vehicle conversions to propane autogas and the installation of onsite fueling stations.

Fleet recipients include Airport Shuttle of Baton Rouge, La.; Virginia Premier Health of Richmond, Va.; the City of Sandy Springs, Ga.; Community Counseling of Miss.; Buncombe County, N.C.; the City of Carrollton Police Department in Georgia; Pearl River County, Miss.; Lee County, Ala.; and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Jefferson, Ga.

Several fleets already have autogas fueling stations, while four organizations will receive a new station under the program, Virginia Clean Cities said.

“We’re excited to extend the final round of program funding to help these fleets shift to an environmentally friendly, affordable fuel like propane autogas,” said Peter Denbigh, a coordinator at Virginia Clean Cities, which administers the program. “As the latest vehicle conversions get underway, we’ll be educating the local communities about the benefits of this domestic fuel. Clean and cost-effective for fleets, propane autogas supports the VCC and program missions of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on imported oil.”

The program is supported by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, and is administered by the Virginia of Mines, Minerals and Energy and Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University.