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Propane Autogas Solutions Showcased at Federal Fleet Event
Vehicles fueled by propane autogas and mowers running on propane provide cost-effective, clean-burning options for government fleet managers

WASHINGTON (July 25, 2011) — Federal fleet managers are offered a clear vision of how propane autogas can reduce operating and maintenance costs, and their carbon footprint without sacrificing performance or reliability at the 11th Annual National Motor Vehicle and Aviation Workshops and Exposition (FedFleet), which kicks off today and runs through July 28 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla.

“Propane offers on- and off-road options for government fleets that are cost-effective, clean, and readily available for immediate adoption,” said Brian Feehan, vice president of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). “This conference provides a real-world look into the variety of applications and refueling options available for fleet managers, especially those charged with bringing home an alternative fuel solution.”

Inside the Propane Pavilion, booth No. 125, a Roush CleanTech Ford E-250 cargo van fueled by propane autogas and a propane-fueled lawn mower from Heritage Propane are on display. During the ride-and-drive event, federal fleet managers have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a 2010 Ford F-250 pickup courtesy of Ferrellgas, a bi-fuel 2009 Dodge Charger R/T police car courtesy of AmeriGas, and a 2010 Ford E-350 XLT Super Duty 15-passenger van courtesy of Heritage Propane. Vehicles fueled by propane autogas are proven to reduce smog-producing hydrocarbons and greenhouse gas emissions.

“With reduced maintenance costs and federal and local incentive programs available, domestically produced propane autogas makes economic sense while also offering sustainability and environmental benefits,” said Feehan.

Propane autogas is the most widely used alternative fuel on roads today in the United States, where it fuels thousands of vehicles. More than 15 million vehicles worldwide run on propane autogas. Fleet vehicles fueled by propane autogas, on average, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent and create 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide, and fewer particulate emissions than comparable gasoline vehicles. Lawn mowers fueled by propane produce 48 percent less greenhouse gas emissions and 80 percent less carbon monoxide emissions than gasoline mowers.

For more information on the FedFleet Expo, visit www.fedfleet.org. 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.