Port Washington Police rolls out new squad cars with big change you can't see

CREATED Nov 18, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov 18, 2013

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PORT WASHINGTON - Police cars need speed, agility and presence. Now they also have propane.

Port Washington Police Department this month rolls out its 2014 squad cars that come with a significant change: propane tanks to power the vehicles.

Captain Mike Keller researched the proposal for more than a year and earned the back of city aldermen - along with an investment of $26,000.

"There's the environmental aspect and then there's the economical aspect," Keller tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "The propane is certainly far more economical than gasoline especially with the fluctuation of prices and so forth."

A gallon of propane actually costs half what gasoline runs for these days - $1.47. Keller estimates a savings of close to $16,000 a year for Port Washington.

Police will convert two cars ever year into propane-powered vehicles; the Port Washington fleet consists of nine cruisers.