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Propane Council Agrees to Fund Market Research Study for Heavy-Duty Engine

Council also approves program to promote safe use of outdoor appliances

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WASHINGTON (February 12, 2010) — The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), meeting by conference call Tuesday, approved funding to conduct a market research study that will help Navistar (Warrenville, Ill.) assess the market potential for a heavy-duty propane engine.

The research will include an analysis of the existing market for propane engines in North America and globally and would address product types, manufacturers, sales volumes, and key drivers for growth in the propane engine market. Navistar has said global distribution would likely be necessary to achieve a sufficient sales volume.

"Our goal is to develop a dedicated heavy-duty propane engine that is suitable for the industry's bobtail delivery trucks and other commercial vehicles and stationary engine applications,” said PERC President and CEO Roy Willis. “This is an important first step in realizing that goal with an original equipment manufacturing partner."

In other business, the Council approved a consumer safety communications program for 2010 that will include a campaign designed to help consumers stay safe and warm using outdoor propane appliances year-round. Like the 2010 PERC Safe Grilling Campaign, the outdoor appliance safety campaign will include satellite and radio media tours, a professional spokesman, and coordination with state and regional propane gas associations.

The Council approved the following grant funding requests:

Docket 16527 — 2010 Safety in Outdoor Living, $605,700
Docket 16529 — Statler Nagle Measurement and Evaluation Support, $118,000
Docket 16533 — 2009 API Survey, $182,239
Docket 16534 — Navistar/International Trucks Heavy Duty Market Analysis, $175,000

The Council will next meet on April 8 and 9 in Atlanta.