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Old 10-25-2014, 03:34 PM   #1
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Crown Vic Police Cars Have the Same 4.6L engine as My mustang. Well Similar. I noticed they run on Propane! is this cheaper then fuel or provide an advantage in anyway in a performance aspect?
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No, there is no use for propane in any car really. If you want to switch to a different type of fuel go with E85


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I am going to stay with Gasoline of course. Just started to notice the propane stickers on all the crown vic's and questioned why they don't just run regular octane
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I am going to stay with Gasoline of course. Just started to notice the propane stickers on all the crown vic's and questioned why they don't just run regular octane

Cheaper and burns cleaner


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Same with E85, and that one actually gives performance increase.


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The alternative fuel Crown Vics, and other models, were usually set up to run on Natural Gas (CNG) where it is readily available. Both Propane (LPG) and CNG are clean burning fuels and CNG, in particular, is generally much less expensive than gasoline. The catch is that you burn more CNG than gasoline per mile. It's still usually less expensive per mile than gasoline.
The biggest problem with using CNG or LPG is the lack of refueling stations spread out around the country.
Probably, the biggest benefit to the owners is that they can use the "carpool" or "high occupancy vehicle" lanes with only a single occupant in the vehicle.
Those Crown Vics that you are noticing are likely fleet vehicles that were used near a large metropolitan area that has adequate refueling facilities.
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So it's basically like E85 without the performance advantage?


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E85 is a distilled fuel that is partly subsidized by the government. Natural gas, on the other hand, is ready to use right out of the well.
If the subsides were removed from the E85, the price for that fuel wouldn't be able to compete with gasoline. Especially, when oil prices are low. It would be more comparable to racing fuel.
We have an enormous amount of natural gas in this country and the delivery infrastructure is already installed in much of the country, it's beyond me why they havent utilized that resource.

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It's because the politicians haven't figured out how to apply the road tax to the fuel when people will be a able to refill their vehicles at home.
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E85 is a distilled fuel that is partly subsidized by the government. Natural gas, on the other hand, is ready to use right out of the well.

If the subsides were removed from the E85, the price for that fuel wouldn't be able to compete with gasoline. Especially, when oil prices are low. It would be more comparable to racing fuel.

We have an enormous amount of natural gas in this country and the delivery infrastructure is already installed in much of the country, it's beyond me why they havent utilized that resource.



Oh wait a minute, I DO know!

It's because the politicians haven't figured out how to apply the road tax to the fuel when people will be a able to refill their vehicles at home.

Plus then theres is no reason to be in the middle east too! Same thing with the Alberta tar sands


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Is the interceptor engine better then the mustang 4.6?
is the intake different? looks like the same engine just mirrored on the other side
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For the most part, they are the same engine as in the Mustang.
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I see alot of people switching to e85 but around here theres only 2 pumps within a 50 mile radius of me and they both are 30+ miles away so me switching to e85 will prolly never happen lol, but there are things that run on propane forklifts for instance do, i didnt think the police vehicles could but i do know here they fill up at a special pump thats by the police HQ ( only police used vehicles fill up there)


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E85 is a distilled fuel that is partly subsidized by the government. Natural gas, on the other hand, is ready to use right out of the well.

If the subsides were removed from the E85, the price for that fuel wouldn't be able to compete with gasoline. Especially, when oil prices are low. It would be more comparable to racing fuel.

We have an enormous amount of natural gas in this country and the delivery infrastructure is already installed in much of the country, it's beyond me why they havent utilized that resource.



Oh wait a minute, I DO know!

It's because the politicians haven't figured out how to apply the road tax to the fuel when people will be a able to refill their vehicles at home.

Good information!!


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