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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The Raleigh Police Department is increasing the number of police vehicles powered by propane gas.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the move comes after a two-year test of the vehicles.

Raleigh City Council has agreed to spend nearly $200,000 to convert 30 police vehicles to propane. The city has 20 patrol cars already using propane.

Capt. Doug Brugger says the 20 cars using propane work just as well as gasoline powered vehicles.

Propane costs less than half as much as gasoline per gallon. The city has saved about $170,000 on fuel costs on the 20 cars using propane now, including federal incentives.

The U.S. Energy Department says propane releases less carbon monoxide and other pollutants. Most propane is made in the United States.

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