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Propane Powered Vehicles to “SADI” Alt Fuel Vehicle Initiative

AAGTruck at East TN Clean Fuels Coalition Event
Photo Credit: East TN Clean Fuels Coalition

The Clean Cities Southeast AFV Demonstration Initiative (SADI) brought its multi-fuel message to Clinton, TN, last week. The event was located where the Anderson County government resides in Tennessee, a town north of Knoxville. The multi-state vehicle demonstration program, complete with vehicles, driver education, and marketing strategies, incorporates partners such as Alliance AutoGas, ICOM, Mainstay Fuel Technologies, Penske, and others.

Clean Cities and Fuels Coalitions throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee are working with partners to provide opportunities for fleets to experience and demo a wide range of alternative fuel vehicles in new and existing industry fleet sectors. Alliance AutoGas provided a Ford Transit Van to the SADI demonstration, as well as a Ford F-150 and an Explorer Interceptor –  all powered by propane autogas. They were test driven both at the demonstration site and remained in Clinton for their county and municipal fleets to drive for the week.

“Alliance Autogas is excited about our continued relationship with East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition   and Tennessee Clean Fuels (www.TNCleanFuels.org) as we work closely with them on the SADI demonstration project,” notes Tim N. Clark, Director of Sales, Alliance AutoGas. “The efforts of Jonathan Overly and Melissa Goldberg of the coalition were key in getting our three Alliance Autogas demonstration vehicles into the hands of fleet decision makers in East Tennessee.”

The SADI project focuses on non-existent or under-utilized markets for compressed natural gas and propane in the transportation sector, targeting applications such as school class 8 fleets, smaller delivery vehicles, state/local government, and commuter vehicles.  The project seeks to reach both a considerable number of drivers and fleet operators and to ensure that adequate fueling infrastructure is in place to allow for continued use after the project ends.

Alliance AutoGas Team at East TN Clean Fuels Coalition Event
Photo Credit: East TN Clean Fuels Coalition

From left to right: Scott Smith – Anderson County Service Technician; Happy Fox – Alliance Autogas Alternative Fuel Consultant; Kayla Manning – Anderson County Shop Manager and Admin. Assistant; John Vickery – Anderson County Director of Motor Pool; Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank; Johnny Golden – Anderson County School System; Tim Clark – Alliance Autogas Director of Sales; Jessica Johnson – Alliance Autogas Sales Coordinator; Melissa Goldberg – East TN Clean Fuels Coalition Project Manager

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Van Go Transportation Top User of Propane Autogas

Alliance Partner Van Go Transportation Receives 2016 award for Top User of Propane Autogas

Van Go Staff Receiving AwardSix transit fleets, including Alliance partner Van Go Transportation of Richmond, VA, received the 2016 award for Top User of Propane Autogas from the Propane Education & Research Council at the BusCon Expo in Indianapolis this month. The award celebrates fleets creating healthier environments for riders with clean, cost-effective, and domestically-produced propane autogas. Receiving the award for Van Go was Travis Snellings, General Manager.

Van Go Transportation has been partnering with Alliance AutoGas and users of propane autogas since 2012. Sid del Cardayre from Van Go talks about Van Go’s decision to convert to autogas. At first, it was an ethical and environmental question based on my desire to have a green company, back in 2012. With cleaner fuel for our vehicles, not only was it better for our environment, but engines were going to break down a lot less often. Also, cleaner burning propane autogas provides less maintenance and a tremendous emissions reduction, which exceeds all expectations.

Van Go Transportation has served the Richmond area for more than 25 years. Their fleet currently consists of more than 70 vehicles, including 37 ambulatory vehicles and 35 wheelchair accessible vehicles, with over 50 of the vehicles operating on propane autogas. In 2015, Van Go used over 140,000 gallons of propane to run their fleet.

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Alliance AutoGas Develops Propane Autogas Evacuation Pump

School bus market benefits as pump safely evacuates autogas tanks without losing gas or venting into the atmosphere

School Bus Filling Up With AutogasSeven percent of all school buses now operate on propane autogas.  Year over year school systems continue to adopt this alternative fuel to meet sustainability goals, reduce costs, and more importantly, eliminate harmful particulate matter emissions from the air students breathe. Due to the growing prevalence of autogas school buses, technicians are now being required to obtain specialized tools to safely service these autogas vehicles.

One of the major components of the growing autogas school bus market is the onboard fuel storage tank. This tank consists of an internal fuel pump, as well as multiple valves and sensors that can require servicing. The nature of propane requires it to be stored under moderate pressure, therefore, service cannot be completed with any fuel or pressure in the tank. This led Alliance AutoGas to develop the first Autogas Evacuation Pump, which was designed to remove propane from autogas tanks when service or repairs are required.

The Autogas Evacuation Pump can evacuate a typical autogas tank filled with 44 useable gallons of propane autogas in 1.5 hours while also removing all vapor pressure. This leaves the tank ready for service.

A fleet technician using this device may transfer fuel from the vehicle’s tank being serviced to another autogas vehicle, a refueling station, or a separate propane autogas storage tank. This process can be reversed to refill the vehicle after the service has been completed.

Key benefits of the Autogas Evacuation Pump for school bus service LPG Evacuation Pumpinclude:

  • Completely air operated, eliminating electrical components and possible electrical ignition sources for increased safety*
    • Rugged, pneumatic wheels that allow ease of movement over rough, off-road surfaces
    • A visual flow indicator that allows the user to visually monitor the transfer of propane during the evacuation process
    • Optional vapor flaring mode to allow flaring by trained propane professionals and autogas technicians

The Autogas Evacuation Pump is available through Alliance AutoGas, or your local propane equipment supplier.  To learn more about the Autogas Evacuation Pump, contact David Kennedy, Director of Autogas Design, at 828-329-3529, DaKennedy@AllianceAutoGas.com.

* A commercial twin piston or scroll type air compressor will be needed to operate the Autogas Evacuation Pump at its optimum performance levels. 20CFM@70psi

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EPA Emissions Test on Ford Transit Shows Significant Emission Reductions with Propane Autogas

In a recent Environmental Protection Agency emissions test, the Ford Transit showed dramatic reductions of harmful emissions while performing on propane autogas when compared to the same engine operating on gasoline.

What is the Significance of EPA Testing?

EPA testing is required for any alternative vehicle fuel system operating in the United States. Without this complex certification process, alternative fuel manufacturers and vehicle operators would be liable for emissions tampering on vehicles, which can result in significant fines. Not only does this process look at tailpipe emissions directly, but also builds in emissions deteriorations factors to 120,000 miles, meaning the emissions standard will be met for the entirety of a typical vehicle’s lifecycle.

Autogas vs. Gasoline Emissions GraphThe Results

Through this rigorous EPA testing protocol, propane autogas has clear, proven benefits over gasoline:

  • Reduces carbon monoxide (CO) by 79.45%
  • Reduces carbon dioxide (CO₂) by 22.39%,
  • Reduces nitrogen oxide (NOₓ) by 42.31%
  • Reduces non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHC) by 53.97%

Why Should This Matter to Your Fleet?

With more and more companies mandating sustainability goals for their companies, fleets can be confident that propane autogas is a measurable and legal way to comply with these initiatives. This, compiled with the addition cost savings of operating on propane autogas, make it a viable alternative fuel that fleets can take advantage of right now.

As Stuart Weidie, President of Alliance AutoGas, notes, “Propane autogas helps company owners and fleet managers produce immediate results for their sustainability programs – and reduces operating costs at the same time.”

*Emissions testing conducted on a 2015 Ford Transit equipped with 3.7L port fuel injected engine. Testing conducted at Roush Laboratories at avg temp 76.15 ̊F, April 2, 2015 with odometer reading of 2088 miles.

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Myths about Diesel In Commercial Vehicles

Alliance AutoGas Exposes Myths about Diesel In Commercial Vehicles

Fleet and transit managers traditionally specified diesel engines for several reasons.  Ed Hoffman of Alliance AutoGas says, “the most common statements that diesels are cheaper to maintain, offer more fuel efficiency, are more durable, have better resale value, or provide needed horsepower and torque.”

Propane is a low-carbon alternative fuel that produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than diesel. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, propane autogas is not a direct greenhouse gas when released into the air, and current research measurements have found no global climate impact from propane autogas emissions.

According to the Propane Education & Research Council’s “Choose the Fuel that Protects Your Budget and our Nation,”2014, the key differences between propane autogas vs. diesel fuel are:

  • Lower fuel cost
  • Reduced noise
  • Abundant supply domestically produced in U.S.
  • Reduction of harmful emissions

Minimize Maintenance Costs

Propane autogas burns clean, provides optimal power, produces fewer emissions, and lowers preventative maintenance costs compared with diesel. Propane autogas requires less training, doesn’t diminish productivity or efficiency and does not put extra strain on budget.

School Bus FleetReduced Noise

Propane autogas fueled buses are 50 percent quieter than buses fueled by diesel. This results in a safer, and more enjoyable experience for drivers and passengers.

Lower Fuels Costs

Even when conventional fuel prices are low, a vehicle’s additional costs — like fuel, fluids, filters, and repairs — can drain your budget. Over a vehicle’s lifetime, propane autogas is healthier for every line of the budget sheet.

Abundant Supply of 100% Domestically Produced Propane Autogas

United States propane production continues to exceed customer demand. Propane is 100 percent domestically produced. As a result, fleets that choose propane autogas create needed jobs in the U.S. and strengthen our nation’s movement toward energy security.

Harmful Emissions

Diesel engines are documented as producing significant amounts of fine particulate matter. Switching to propane autogas results in an estimated 80 percent reduction in smog- producing hydrocarbon emissions compared with diesel –fueled vehicles.

Ed Hoffman from Alliance AutoGas addresses 7 of the most popular myths about diesel in a recent Alliance AutoGas 3-part blog series “Debunking the 7 Top Myths of Diesel in Fleets

Hoffman adds, “School buses fueled by propane autogas provide a reliable, clean, and affordable alternative to diesel in a growing number of school bus fleets across the nation.”

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New Delaware Propane Autogas Fueling Station

Alliance AutoGas Partners with Sharp Energy on Company’s 7th Public Propane Autogas Fueling Station

Sharp Autogas Fueling Station DelawareSharp Energy, Inc., a wholly- owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE.CPK) recently opened the new Sharp Energy headquarters building and autogas fueling station in Georgetown, Delaware. The autogas fueling station was 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, safety and operational training and on-going technical support.

Ed Hoffman, President, Blossman Services, Inc. notes, “It is encouraging to see continued investment in propane autogas.  With affordable dispensing infrastructure and easy to adapt conversion technology, fleets are able to experience a positive ROI in a year or two, and help clean the air utilizing the cleanest fossil fuel available.”

Sharp Energy’s new headquarters site is the location of the seventh public autogas fueling station in the Mid-Atlantic region. “We’re very proud to add this propane fueling station to Sussex County,” said Elaine B. Bittner, Senior Vice-President of Strategic Development and Chief Operating Officer of Sharp Energy, Inc. “The stations are supporting the Company’s environmental initiatives in supplying propane, a clean, alternative fuel to the rapidly growing number of fleet vehicles in the area. Autogas –powered vehicles produce up to 20% lower emissions than gasoline vehicles and offer substantial cost savings on fuel and maintenance.”

Truly the only one stop shop in the on-road autogas market, Alliance AutoGas has installed over 800 refueling facilities in the US and Canada. In addition, Alliance has converted or participated in supplying autogas to more than 10,000 propane autogas vehicles and buses in North America, helping them run on clean-burning propane with unit sales increasing monthly.  In the past year, Alliance members collectively displaced 45 million gallons of gasoline and produced $70 million in fuel cost savings for the 550 fleets they service.

Key innovations in the marketplace developed by Alliance AutoGas are their engineered systems that can be installed in only a few hours.  These systems do not require any permanent vehicle modifications.  All wiring is “plug and play,” with all parts being bracketed and designed to be installed without any drilling or fabrication.  By deploying these features, labor times and conversion costs are significantly reduced.  Recent innovations in dispensers and filling hardware, such as the ultra-low emission filling nozzle and the “Safe Connect” vehicle valve, give the operator the ability to fill the vehicle faster than gasoline without the need for any personal protective devices.

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7 Top Components to an Effective and Cost Saving Autogas Conversion Project for Municipalities

propane autogas police vehicleThe motivation to begin an autogas program within a law enforcement, public agency or business usually comes from one or more of several important factors, according to Mike Phillips, a twenty-six year veteran of law enforcement. Phillips, the Law Enforcement and Government Fleet Specialist at Alliance AutoGas www.allianceautogas.com notes, “a successful autogas program will provide you with the ability to reduce operation expenses, reduce dependency on foreign oil, and reduce emissions, creating a healthier environment in your jurisdiction and community. Choosing a vendor that will work as a partner to insure that your program goals are achieved is a critical factor.

Here are Mike Phillip’s 7 Top Components to insure that your autogas conversion program will be effective and cost saving.

  1. Consultation- the company that you work with to begin your program should have a trained and experienced staff that can help direct you through the project process.
  2. Conversion Equipment– the equipment that will be used for your conversions should be tested and EPA certified equipment that is proven to be safe and reliable.
  3. Installation/ Conversion– the technicians that are conducting the installation of the components should be well trained and certified personnel who provide quality and professional service.
  4. Training- your vehicle support personnel should be trained and certified to install, diagnose and repair all equipment placed on your vehicles during the conversion process.
  5. Support- continuing support after the conversions are complete should include warranty service, diagnostic assistance and quick access to any parts or tools that are required.
  6. Fuel Infrastructure– conversion of the vehicle is only half of the program. Unlimited access to a fuel supply is critical to the success of the program. Requiring that storage and dispensing unit be provided to your agency insures your fleet 24/7 access to fuel.
  7. Fuel– providing the fuel to the infrastructure on a regular basis will keep your fleet operational. A reliable fuel management system is the best way to track fuel usage and predict future needs.

Meeting each of these components is critical when starting a propane autogas program for a law enforcement or government fleet. Deciding how to put all of these components together can become confusing and cause delays of actually getting the project operational. The best solution is to utilize the experience and abilities of the company that can provide a turn-key solution to your project needs.

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Michael Phillips Headshot - Alliance AutoGas Team MemberMichael (Mike) Phillips, a twenty-six year veteran of law enforcement is the Law Enforcement and Government Fleet Specialist at Alliance AutoGas. Retired from the Iredell County NC Sheriff’s Office as Captain of Criminal Enforcement, Mike represents Alliance Autogas as a solution for law enforcement and government fleets’ alternative fuel needs. His duties included director of special projects and grant writing and management. One special project was the conversion of 30 patrol vehicles to the bi-fuel Prins system. The project received the 2012 NC Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) award from the NC Solar Center. He has also successfully written and managed more than 2.5 million dollars in grant funding. Mike has remained active in the alternative energy arena. Mike may be reached at (704)574-4927 or at mphillips@allianceautogas.com.

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Propane Autogas RAM Promaster Featured at Government Fleet Expo

Alliance AutoGas Continues Alt Fuel Domination in Work Truck Market

Ram Promaster Converted to Propane AutogasThe Alliance AutoGas engineered single-plug connector, no cut or drill fuel system, installed on a RAM Promaster, will be on display at Alliance AutoGas Booth 627 at the Government Fleet Expo in Nashville June 20-23.

The RAM Promaster features a 16- gallon underbody autogas tank with the conversion system. The Alliance’s EPA and NFPA 58 compliant system featured on the RAM Promaster can be installed on new or in-service vehicles in half the time of other products. These systems do not require any permanent vehicle modifications. All wiring is a “plug and play” no cut install. Everything is bracketed and designed to be installed without any drilling or fabrication. By deploying these features, labor times and conversion costs are significantly reduced.

Ed Hoffman, President of Blossman Services Inc., the equipment distributor for Alliance AutoGas adds,   “By far, we offer our customers the widest assortment of options for their fleets. They can experience a positive ROI with a partial asset life when reduced conversion costs are coupled with low, stable fuel prices. A large benefit if this system is that the product is supported with a 5 year 100,000 mile warranty. We feel that strongly about its success for all fleet vehicles and we are extremely proud to unveil the propane autogas version of the RAM Promaster. This popular vehicle for government fleets further confirms our dominance in the alternative fuel work truck market.”

Alliance Continues Growth Momentum

Truly the only one stop shop in the on-road autogas market, Alliance AutoGas has installed over 800 refueling facilities in the US and Canada. In addition, Alliance has converted or participated in supplying autogas to more than 10,000 propane autogas vehicles and buses in North America, helping them run on clean-burning propane with units’ sales increasing monthly.  In the past year, Alliance members collectively displaced 45 million gallons of gasoline and produced $70 million in fuel cost savings for the 550 fleets they service.

Key innovations in the marketplace developed by Alliance AutoGas are their engineered systems that can be installed in only a few hours.  These systems do not require any permanent vehicle modifications.  All wiring is “plug and play.” Everything is bracketed and designed to be installed without any drilling or fabrication.  By deploying these features, labor times and conversion costs are significantly reduced.  Fleets can experience a positive ROI with a partial asset life when reduced conversion costs are coupled with low, stable fuel prices.  Recent innovations in dispensers and filling hardware, such as the ultra-low emission filling nozzle and the “Safe Connect” vehicle valve, give the operator the ability to fill the vehicle faster than gasoline without the need for any personal protective devices.

Just completed last month, the Alliance recently embarked on a 5700+ mile, 12-city, cross country road trip – the Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride – with its record-setting propane autogas converted F-150 using the “plug and play” system and safe connect nozzle. 468 gallons of propane autogas were used, reducing CO₂ emissions by 25% compared to a gasoline vehicle.

“The cross country trip was a great opportunity to demonstrate why propane autogas is the world’s #1 alternative fuel.  We educated citizens and fleet managers across the country on the extended range of autogas vehicles as well as the benefits of real costs savings and emissions reductions,” says Stuart Weidie, President and CEO of Blossman Gas and President of Alliance AutoGas.

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Alliance AutoGas Drives Fleet Alternative Fuel Use in North America

Alliance AutoGas Annual MeetingThe US market for propane autogas has been very active in recent years, with the fuel garnering better name recognition and new and returning fleet customers putting more vehicles on the road. Fleet managers are aggressively adding alternative-fuel vehicles to their fleets, including autogas-powered vehicles, primarily due to savings associated with its use, as well as the availability of Federal Tax Credits and a desire to lower emissions. Alliance AutoGas is the first, complete, comprehensive propane autogas program with great success throughout North America. The Alliance AutoGas program continues to appeal to both national and local fleets alike.

Driving alternative fuel growth in their industry, Alliance AutoGas and its extended partners, comprised of more than 120 independent propane marketers and authorized conversion center members in 48 US states plus Canada, met for its 2016 Annual Member Meeting in mid- May. Held at the AutoGas Research & Technology Center in Asheville, NC, attendees came from throughout the Alliance network including Delaware, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New York State, Connecticut, Washington State, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Northern California, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee.

The diverse group of members actively discussed relevant topics to the Alliance and the industry including: Alliance Engineered Fuel System & Advancements; Addressing Law Enforcement Agencies and Municipal Fleets; Fleet Success Throughout the Country Based on Platform Development; New Advancements in Refueling Technology and Data Management; New Tank Evaporation Systems for Propane Marketers and Conversion Centers; new Technology in Alliance Small Engine Systems and the Direction of Alliance AutoGas and the Autogas Market in the US.

New ideas, innovation and quality, state of-the-art alternative fuel technologies, all hallmarks of Alliance AutoGas over the years, were acknowledged by the members. Dan Richardson of Conger LP Gas notes, “The Alliance Autogas meeting was a great chance to hear the latest developments happening not only within our industry, but also within our alliance.  Propane marketers from all over the nation attended and for our company, these meetings provided a chance for us to network with other progressive, like-minded companies and hear their success stories.  For me, it was a chance to re-focus on where Conger LP Gas, Inc. can be with autogas sales in the future and to see some of the new ideas available to grow our business.”

Adds Trent Nagata, Superior Plus Energy Services, “The annual member meeting was a wealth of knowledge in terms of the progress Alliance Autogas had made to develop and deliver the simplest, most customer-focused, turnkey autogas solutions in the industry. The additional autogas-related “gap” tools Alliance Autogas has developed along with the future vision of where the industry is heading made the meeting time definitely well spent.”

Harris Baker of Pinnacle Propane further says,” Through constant innovation and development of great solutions that benefit Pinnacle Propane’s success in promoting autogas and alternative fuels, Alliance AutoGas provides its members safe, successful, supported promotion and adoption of autogas making it easy, efficient and economically viable for all stakeholders.”

Alliance Continues Growth Momentum

Truly the only one stop shop in the on-road autogas market, Alliance AutoGas has installed over 800 refueling facilities in the US and Canada. In addition, Alliance has converted or participated in supplying autogas to more than 10,000 propane autogas vehicles and buses in North America, helping them run on clean-burning propane with units’ sales increasing monthly. In the past year, Alliance members collectively displaced 45 million gallons of gasoline and produced $70 million in fuel cost savings for the 550 fleets they service.

Key innovations in the marketplace developed by Alliance AutoGas are their engineered systems that can be installed in only a few hours. These systems do not require any permanent vehicle modifications. All wiring is “plug and play.” Everything is bracketed and designed to be installed without any drilling or fabrication. By deploying these features, labor times and conversion costs are significantly reduced. Fleets can experience a positive ROI with a partial asset life when reduced conversion costs are coupled with low, stable fuel prices. Recent innovations in dispensers and filling hardware, such as the ultra-low emission filling nozzle and the “Safe Connect” vehicle valve, give the operator the ability to fill the vehicle faster than gasoline without the need for any personal protective devices.

Just completed in May and supported by Alliance members, Clean City Coalitions and corporate sponsors, the Alliance recently embarked on a 5500+ mile, 12-city, cross country road trip – the Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride – with its record-setting propane autogas converted F-150 using the “plug and play” system and safe connect nozzle. 468 gallons of propane autogas were used, reducing CO₂ emissions by 25% compared to a gasoline vehicle. “The cross country trip in Alliance AutoGas’ Ford F-150 was a great opportunity to demonstrate why propane autogas is the world’s #1 alternative fuel. We educated citizens and fleet managers across the country on the extended range of autogas vehicles as well as the benefits of real costs savings and emissions reductions,” says Stuart Weidie, President and CEO of Blossman Gas and President of Alliance AutoGas.

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Program at Autogas Research & Technology Center Addresses C0₂ Emissions Reduction

Alliance AutoGas Clean Air Ride AshevilleAfter setting a record for the Fastest Recorded Alternative Fuel Conversion to Propane Autogas in 1:32:25 at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, the Alliance AutoGas converted F-150 is concluding its 5500 mile, 12-city “ALLIANCE AUTOGAS COAST-TO-COAST CLEAN AIR RIDE” in Asheville, NC.

On Monday, May 23 at the AutoGas Research & Technology Center, 170 Sweeten Creek Rd. Asheville, the vehicle arrived back to its home after traveling the country for the past 3 weeks, spreading the word on cleaner air and lowering emissions. The event was hosted by the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition, Alliance AutoGas, and Blossman Gas.

One of the Ride Sponsor Worthington Industries www.worthingtonindustries.com and the Ride Charity Partner, the American Lung Association of the Southeast www.lungse.org attended the homecoming.

“Worthington Industries was proud to support the Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride as we remain invested in manufacturing products that will help reduce emissions and put more environmentally friendly fleet vehicles on the roads,” notes Chris Hanners, Alternative Fuels Product Manager of Worthington Industries.

“Motor vehicles are a significant source of air pollution, which is why cleaner fuels need to be a part of the solution,” said Martha Bogdan, chief executive officer for the American Lung Association of the Southeast. “Alliance AutoGas supports our clean air work, and we were happy to be a part of the Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride.”

Sponsors and Partners of the Ride included: Propane Education Partner: Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), Charity Partner: the American Lung Association of the Southeast, Inc., and Media Partner: Bobit Business Media/Work Truck Magazine.   Local Clean Cities Host Partners: Metropolitan Energy Center/Kansas City Regional Clean Cities; Northern Colorado Clean Cities; Utah Clean Cities Coalition; Western Washington Clean Cities; Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition; Land of Enchantment Clean Cities; Central Oklahoma Clean Cities/Association of Central Oklahoma Governments; Arkansas Clean Cities; Clean Cities- Georgia; North Florida Clean Fuels Coalition and Land of Sky Clean Cities Coalition Corporate sponsors: Blossman Gas, Worthington Industries, Blue Star Gas and thyssenkrupp and Charity Supporter: Wounded Warriors of MS

The goal of the F-150’s trip was to underscore the importance and impact of reducing CO₂ emissions through the use of propane autogas, in addition to the benefits of American energy security, quality technology and fuel cost savings for fleets. According to Alliance AutoGas, “We wanted people to see first-hand, how simple and easy it is to convert a vehicle, how well it runs, and a how it gives the fleet manager a well-documented return,” noted Ed Hoffman, President of Blossman Services, Inc. The truck held program stops in Kansas City, MO, Fort Collins, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, Seattle, WA, Phoenix, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Oklahoma City, OK, Little Rock, AR, Pearl, MS, Decatur, GA, and Jacksonville, FL.

Improving Our Air Quality by Reducing CO2 Emissions Program

Clean Cities Presentation After the Alliance AutoGas Clean Air DriveThe Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition www.cleanvehiclescoalition.org presented a program called “IMPROVING OUR AIR QUALITY BY REDUCING CO2 EMISSIONS.” Featured speakers were: Bill Eaker, Coordinator, Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition; Ed Hoffman, President, Blossman Services, Inc., and Alex Catchings, Director of Sales, Alliance Small Engine Systems. A Show and Tell of several propane autogas vehicles and propane mowers took place, along with an informal networking with several Western NC and Henderson County fleets currently converted to propane autogas.

Alliance’s new Engineered Conversion System on a Bi-Fuel 2016 3.5 Liter Ford F-150 V6 was converted to propane autogas almost 30 minutes faster than the predicted 2 hour window at the recent Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The F-150 “traveled the talk” on the coast-to-coast trip that started May 2, trailering a propane mower. The propane mower is a 2013 Exmark Lazer Z Ultra Cut 60.  It is powered by a 25.5 horsepower Kawasaki FX801 V-Twin gasoline engine, converted to propane by Alliance Small Engines.

Stuart Weidie, President and CEO or Blossman Gas and President of Alliance AutoGas adds, “The cross country trip in Alliance Autogas’ Ford F150 was a great opportunity to demonstrate why propane Autogas is the world’s #1 alternative fuel.  Our hope was to educate citizens across the country about the extended range of autogas vehicles as well as the benefits of real costs savings and emissions reductions.”

The Alliance AutoGas Engineered Fuel System features a single plug wiring connector and a 21-gallon underbody autogas tank.   All wiring is a “plug and play” no cut install. Everything is bracketed and designed to be installed without any drilling or fabrication.  By deploying these features, labor times and conversion costs are significantly reduced.