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Alliance AutoGas Performs Live Conversion at FS Propane Summer Showcase

Ford F-250 Autogas Converted VehicleAlliance AutoGas (AAG) performed a live autogas conversion on a Ford F-250 at the inaugural FS Propane Summer Showcase this past June in Iowa.

For FS Propane, the propane arm of the agricultural cooperative Growmark, the goal of the showcase was to be a new way of educating the region on propane. “It was our first-ever system-wide propane-only conference,” says Zach Baugher, marketing and technical services manager for Growmark. “Anyone who is involved with FS Propane was invited, and most attended.”

Ed Hoffman, president of Blossman Services – the distribution partner of Alliance AutoGas, said “AAG is pleased to be able to help support FS Growmark’s autogas growth initiatives.  Member partners are experiencing the benefits of using our modern conversion technology to reduce fuel costs, emissions, and support using clean, domestic propane. It was a pleasure to be able to see the first hand enthusiasm and interest for running autogas in their highly utilized fleet. During a well-organized break out educational session, member partners were able to learn how their customers can also benefit from this program.”

To read more about the conversion process with Alliance AutoGas go to: https://www.allianceautogas.com/what-we-do/conversion-process/

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Alliance AutoGas Participates in Minnesota Farmfest

Alliance AutoGas Truck Featured in Tent at Minnesota FarmfestAlliance AutoGas (AAG) participated at the 2019 Minnesota Farmfest on August 6-8 in Redwood County, MN. The festival strives to bring together the best in agribusiness from Minnesota and around the country. The site featured 50 acres of land to showcase products, services, and technologies from over 500 exhibitors and vendors.

AAG presented their aftermarket alternative fuel technology in a 2015 Ford F-150 powered by propane autogas. Butch Cox, Alternative Fuel Consultant for AAG said “We were pleased to see the awareness generated for propane autogas vehicles during the festival. The majority of attendees we had conversations with were not aware you can run propane on trucks.”

Cox also discussed that consumers were interested to learn that our system was bi-fuel, which gives the option to operate on gasoline or autogas. The primary advantage of a bi-fuel system over a dedicated “monofuel” system is its elimination of range anxiety when compared to other alternative fuel vehicles. In the event that a driver has traveled out of range of an autogas refueling station, the vehicle is capable of running on gasoline with the push of a button.

Propane-powered farm equipment is already known for being cost-saving, highly efficient, and environmentally friendly. Now, add the 2019 Propane Farm Incentive Program and farmers can save even more on their purchase. For additional information regarding the 2019 Propane Farm Incentive Program, visit HERE.

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Top 5 Benefits of Autogas Buses

autogas powered school bus with kids exisiting the busWith August in full swing, kids across the country are embarking on another school year. As of last year, more than 900,000 students across 48 states ride propane autogas buses to school. While the numbers are impressive, they really aren’t surprising once you consider the benefits of propane autogas buses. Alliance AutoGas has five reasons on why school transportation departments should be choosing propane autogas over all other fuels.

  1. 1. Quieter During Operation – Compared with diesel engines, propane autogas engines are noticeably quieter when operating, which has a big impact on safety. Bus drivers are responsible for students’ safety during transportation. A quieter bus allows bus drivers to perform their jobs in a much less chaotic environment. It also allows the driver to monitor students in the rear of the bus and take quick action in an emergency.
  2. 2. Reduced Emissions – After more than a year of testing, researchers from West Virginia University concluded emissions measured from propane school buses are significantly lower than those from diesel buses. The study’s results demonstrated that distance-specific NOx emissions measured from the diesel bus were significantly higher than those measured from the propane bus for tests conducted in early 2018. For more information on the emissions measured from West Virginia University, click HERE.
  3. 3. Lower Cost for Schools – Propane autogas provides the lowest total-cost-of-ownership of any fuel option. Several factors contribute to propane autogas low total cost-of-ownership, including reduced fuel and maintenance costs, and accessible infrastructure. Autogas is consistently between 30 to 50 percent less than the fuels fleet owners are transitioning away from, gasoline and diesel, and an annual fuel contract with a propane retailer can lock in your fuel price for added stability.
  4. 4. Reliability – Autogas buses can handle the harsh weather that winter brings, including freezing temperatures. With a fleet of diesel buses, drivers have to arrive two hours early to get buses warmed up and running. In some cases, they will plug buses into block heaters, which increases energy bills. After making the switch to propane autogas, buses will start with the turn of a key, even in below-freezing temperatures.
  5. 5. Propane is Local – Unlike the competition, propane is a clean-burning, domestic fuel. Propane retailers are small business owners and members of the community the school district serves, so it’s another way to keep school district dollars in the community.

To read more on why school transportation departments are choosing propane autogas go to: https://www.allianceautogas.com/school-districts/

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Partners of Alliance AutoGas Awarded at Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference

Company Representatives Photo After AwardAlliance AutoGas participated in the third annual Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference on August 7th and 8th at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, NC. Featured speakers included Alliance AutoGas President Stuart Weidie and Ed Hoffman, President of Blossman Services – the technology distribution partner of Alliance AutoGas. During the Fleets & Advanced Mobility Solutions Panel, Weidie said, “These types of events look toward the future, focusing on what opportunities we have to improve transportation and to improve emissions. I would like to step back though to look at today, as we are not just in the vehicle side of alternative fuel operation. Our company, Alliance AutoGas, provides vehicle conversion systems, installs refueling infrastructure, and delivers fuel supply to fleet customers across 46 states currently.”

The 2019 Green Fleet Awards were announced in a special pre-ceremony before the start of the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference, and featured a sampling of the customers mentioned by Weidie. The program recognizes and rewards peak-performing fleet operations in North and South America. Currently in its twentieth year, the 100 Best Fleets identifies and encourages ever-increasing levels of performance improvement and innovation within the public fleet industry. The rankings were based on multiple factors including fuel emissions, fleet composition, supporting programs, and fleet utilization.

Five of the nationally awarded fleets are Alliance AutoGas customers.

  • DeKalb County, GA ranked #10
  • Cobb County, GA ranked #27
  • City of Raleigh, NC ranked #33
  • Prince Georges County, MD #43
  • City of Roanoke, VA – Honorable Mention

Maryland’s Prince George’s County, Green Fleet award winner, is a large county boasting a population of 863,000 near Washington, DC, and is the second most populated county in the state. Richard Hilmer, Fleet Manager for Prince George’s County, says, “Our County has put a lot of time and resources into running an efficient, eco-friendly fleet. It’s exciting to be awarded for those efforts. We consider our county to be a leader in best practices for the fleet community. Being one of the early adapters to autogas, we had the opportunity to share what it could do for other fleets in our area.”

Members of Alliance AutoGas attended the awards ceremony and were pleased to publicly honor their fleet customers. Happy Fox, Alternative Fuel Consultant for Alliance AutoGas, says, “The Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference plays a big role in highlighting industry-leading sustainable fleet practices and alternative fuel opportunities. We were extremely proud to have customers be recognized in different areas of the country. Alliance AutoGas looks forward to helping more fleets make the transition to operating on autogas.”

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Alliance AutoGas Partner Honored for Propane Autogas Efforts

Sharp Autogas Fueling Station Delaware

Sharp Energy, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE.CPK), was recently selected by the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EP-ACT) as a recipient of EP-ACT’s Industry Support Award.

Sharp Energy joined the growing Alliance AutoGas network in 2012 to help more East Coast vehicle fleets switch to clean, affordable, propane autogas. Their autogas fueling stations are developed in partnership with Alliance AutoGas, a national network of over 120 companies who deliver alternative fueling solutions, including EPA-certified autogas vehicle conversions, on-site fueling infrastructure, fuel supply, and on-going technical support.

Sharp was nominated and selected by EP-ACT’s nominating committee to receive the award for its support of alternative fuels and technologies. Sharp calls propane autogas a cost-efficient, flexible fuel that results in a 60% reduction of carbon dioxide compared to gasoline. With 48 propane autogas stations in operation in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida, Sharp has deployed 87 propane-powered vehicles within its fleet, displacing approximately 155,000 gallons of gasoline annually.

“We are strongly committed to operating our business in the most environmentally responsible manner, and that’s what our customers want from us,” says Andy Hesson, vice president of Sharp Energy. “This award highlights our focus on sustainability by offering our customers a clean and reliable alternative vehicle fuel such as autogas.”

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Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference 2019

Alliance AutoGas Wrapped 2014 Ford ExplorerAlliance AutoGas will be participating at the 2019 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference August 7th and 8th at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, NC. With over 50 speakers and more than 40 exhibitors, this event will highlight industry-leading sustainable fleet practices and alternative fuel opportunities. Featured speakers include Alliance AutoGas president Stuart Weidie and Ed Hoffman, president of Blossman Services – the technology distribution partner of Alliance AutoGas.

Weidie will be speaking on the Fleets & Advanced Mobility Solutions Panel in Junior Ballroom B-D at 10:00 a.m. on August 7th. Additionally on August 7th, Hoffman will speak on the Trends in Advanced Fuels and Fueling Breakout Session in Junior Ballroom A beginning at 2:45 p.m. Alliance AutoGas will have two booths at the conference (booth #27 & #28).

Participants will have the ability to speak with an autogas expert and see autogas technology on-site in a converted 2019 Ford F-750 and 2014 Ford Explorer. The Ford F-750 is owned and operated by Alliance AutoGas customer, the City of Danville, VA. Throughout the conference, the truck will be located in the North Carolina Propane Gas Association booth. The Ford Explorer will be located near the Alliance AutoGas booth, in the center aisle.

“It is exciting to see the numerous vehicle options available for fleets to reduce their carbon intensity,” says Ed Hoffman. “Autogas is well-positioned to serve work truck and transit operators’ needs with no compromises to vehicle utility, reliability, and uptime. Autogas is the only carbon-reducing option that offers immediate cost savings while helping with sustainability.”

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Georgia Sheriffs’ Summer Conference 2019

Police Vehicles Parked In LineAlliance AutoGas participated at the 2019 Georgia Sheriffs’ Summer Conference last week at Lake Lanier Islands, GA. The conference held seminars and workshops covering all facets of the responsibilities and challenges faced by sheriffs’ offices, including how to cut costs on fuel without limiting officers’ capability to protect and serve.

The annual conference highlighted the traction that propane autogas is starting to see with agencies in the state of Georgia. Attendees of the conference discussed the major benefits of autogas, starting with the positive impact it has made on departments and their budgets. Reduced emissions and being powered by a domestic fuel were also popular topics when discussing autogas.

Fleets around the state of Georgia are touting the benefits of fueling with autogas. DeKalb County Fleet Management Department was ranked #1 last year in “The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas.” The county starting integrating propane autogas sedans and pickup trucks into their fleet in 1998. Today, DeKalb County has 93 light-duty vehicles and 11 pieces of off-road equipment powered by propane autogas. To read about DeKalb County and other municipal fleets having success with their autogas programs, click here.

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Alliance AutoGas Fueling National Parks – Carl Sandburg Home

National Parks Fueling with Alliance AutoGasEach year since 1985, Americans have celebrated National Park and Recreation Month during July to recognize the important role parks have in establishing and maintaining a positive quality of life. Parks across the United States are contributing to the physical, economic, and environmental well-being of their local cities and towns.

As Park and Recreation Month is coming to an end, we would like to highlight one of our favorite parks (and autogas customers), the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site! Located in the village of Flat Rock, NC, this historic site preserves the home of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer, Carl Sandburg. The 264-acre site includes the Sandburg residence, a goat farm, rolling pastures, mountainside woods, 5 miles of hiking trails on moderate to steep terrain, two small lakes, several ponds, flower and vegetable gardens, and an apple orchard.

Alliance AutoGas (AAG) and the Carl Sandburg Home have had a partnership since December of 2018, when AAG converted two of their Ford F-150 trucks to run on autogas. The conversions took place at AAG’s Research and Development Facility in Asheville, NC. In addition to the trucks, the historic site also has a propane-powered shuttle used to transport attendees on the property. Initially, AAG trained the park staff to fuel and drive autogas vehicles safely. Today, AAG still provides annual inspections on the vehicles twice a year.

Much of the success of alternative fuels in National Parks can be attributed to the partnerships between parks and Clean Cities coalitions. Clean Cities started in 1993 by the U.S. Department of Energy to foster the economic, environmental, and energy security of the United States by working locally to advance affordable fuels. In 2010, Clean Cities launched the National Parks Initiative to put alternative fuel vehicles on the road to improve air quality and promote the use of domestic energy sources. The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is one of the many parks partnered with their local Clean Cities coalitions to help clear the air and make their community more “green” through reduced emissions with autogas!

AAG continues to work with National Parks and Clean Cities coalitions to implement sustainable solutions to fuel fleets with a clean, domestic alternative fuel. For additional information regarding clean energy for National Parks, visit HERE.

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2019 National Sheriffs’ Association Conference

Top of Police Vehicle Displaying LightsAlliance AutoGas will be participating at the 2019 National Sheriffs’ Association Conference June 16th – 18th at the Kentucky International Convention Center, in Louisville, KY. The conference will hold over 60 seminars and workshops covering all aspects of the responsibilities and challenges faced by sheriffs’ offices, including how to cut costs on fuel without limiting officers’ capability to protect and serve.

The answer can be found in propane autogas, a domestic fuel that meets performance needs, reduces fuel costs, and easily incorporates into their existing facilities. Alliance AutoGas will have a booth at the conference beginning Sunday, June 16th (booth #701). Participants will have the ability to speak with an autogas expert and see autogas technology on-site in an autogas powered Law Enforcement edition Ford Explorer Interceptor.

Fleets around the country are touting the benefits of fueling with autogas. One fleet, the City of Kingsport, TN, has been using autogas since 2011. They have found their officers now requesting vehicles that run on propane autogas over gasoline because of the ease of refueling and operation, not to mention the reduced emissions and gallon to gallon fuel cost savings. To read about City of Kingsport and other municipal fleets having success with their autogas programs, click here.

If you are attending the National Sheriffs’ Association, please visit us in booth 701 to see how autogas can benefit your community!

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New Autogas Hybrid Technology Showcased at Sustainable Fleet

Electric Autogas Hybrid Ford FusionAlliance AutoGas (AAG) will showcase leading-edge autogas hybrid technology at the 2018 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo August 22nd through 23rd, 2018 at the Durham Convention Center. AAG engineers have designed an autogas electric hybrid to be introduced to the market with the 2017 Ford Fusion. This 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder vehicle will provide additional torque, reduced emissions and better fuel economy due to the innovative hybrid system.

AAG engineers pursued this partial electrification or “hybridization” project with the Ford Fusion with the intent to be prepared for larger hybrid vehicles that Ford is expected to produce in the future, such as the hybrid F-150. Both the Fusion and the F-150 are commonly used in large fleets. By offering a hybrid vehicle that has better fuel economy in the city than highway or in stop and go traffic where most fuel is consumed, AAG customers will experience increased cost savings and reduced emissions.

The technology used in the Fusion has an internal combustion engine with an electric drive motor in what is called a ‘series-parallel’ configuration. This means that both the engine AND electric motor can work together to propel the vehicle. Because AAG uses a mono-fuel port injected vapor system in a port fuel injection engine, replacing gasoline completely with propane autogas, the two technologies are working together to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

Alliance AutoGas president, Stuart Weidie announced the release by saying, “We are pleased to differentiate Alliance AutoGas in the alternative fuel market as hybrid friendly. This vehicle is a precursor of many to come in the Ford family, and our company is committed to staying ahead of vehicle technology. We want to provide autogas users with the best possible resources for reducing emissions and costs on the market.” Weidie is also speaking at the event on Wednesday, August 22nd.

The Hybrid Ford Fusion will be on display at the Expo, with AAG representatives available to answer technology and fleet-specific questions.