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    Propane Autogas Driven to Deliver at N.C. Road Show

    Lieutenant governor to deliver keynote speech, test drive vehicle fueled by propane autogas

       

    WASHINGTON (May 23, 2011) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton will deliver the keynote address at an upcoming propane autogas road show, sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and hosted by the North Carolina Propane Gas Association (NCPGA), May 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh.

    “We look forward to hearing the lieutenant governor talk about propane autogas as a proven alternative to gasoline,” said John Jessup, NCPGA’s executive director. “With gas prices putting a strain on wallets across the country, it’s important that we continue to drive home the message of reducing use of foreign oil. Domestically produced propane autogas is economical and available right here and right now.”

    The propane road show, one of dozens in the last few years, provides an opportunity for fleet managers and others to hear from propane experts about the latest propane autogas technologies and product offerings. They will cover return on investment, cost savings, environmental benefits, tax incentives, fueling infrastructure, and new products nearing release, among other topics. Industry representatives will display propane-fueled commercial mowers alongside vehicles fueled by propane autogas, including a Roush CleanTech Ford E-250 cargo van, a Knapheide Ford E-350 truck, and an Alliance AutoGas police cruiser.

    With thousands of shuttle buses, vans, trucks, taxis, and other vehicles in the United States running on propane autogas, and more than 15 million vehicles worldwide, propane autogas is the third most common engine fuel behind gasoline and diesel. Ease of refueling has accelerated the use of vehicles fueled by propane autogas. Many fleets install on-site refueling infrastructure, which costs less than refueling stations for other alternative fuels. And there are thousands of propane autogas refueling stations across the United States.

    “Vehicles fueled by propane autogas are an excellent fuel choice for fleets,” said Brian Feehan, vice president of PERC. “Fleet operators do not have to sacrifice performance for environmental friendliness. With regard to mowing equipment, propane reduces carbon monoxide emissions by more than 80 percent compared with gasoline mowers. In addition to its superiority in environmental benefits, propane is safe, readily available, and just makes good economic sense.”

    To register for the propane road show, visit www.propaneroadshows.com. For more information on PERC and its programs, visit www.autogasusa.org.
     
    The Propane Education & Research Council was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of Public Law 104-284, the Propane Education & Research Act (PERA), signed into law on October 11, 1996.  The mission of the Propane Education & Research Council is to promote the safe, efficient use of odorized propane gas as a preferred energy source.