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Alliance AutoGas F-150 Prepares for Coast-to-Coast Trip

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April 1, 2016

Ford F-150 Autogas Converted VehicleFresh from setting a record for the fastest recorded alternative fuel conversion to propane autogas in 1:32:25, the F-150 will embark on 5,500 mile 12-city “Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride.”

Alliance’s new engineered conversion system on a bi-fuel 2016 3.5L Ford F-150 V-6 was converted to propane autogas almost 30 minutes faster than the predicted two hour window at the recent Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The F-150 starts its coast-to-coast trip in Kansas City, Kan. on 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 hp Kawasaki FX801 V-Twin gasoline engine, converted to propane by Alliance Small Engines.

The Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride is a 5,500 mile, 12 city Clean Air Mower Powered By Propanestop trip commencing on May 2 in Kansas City, Kan., travel to Seattle, Wash., and complete its journey in Jacksonville, Fla. on May 18. There will be an additional “homecoming” event scheduled on May 23 in Asheville, NC.

Work Truck magazine, the sister publication of Automotive Fleet magazine, is a media partner with Alliance AutoGas and it released a

The propane mower that the Ford F-150 will be trailering during its coast-to-coast trip. Photo courtest of Alliance AutoGas. 

video commemorating the start of the Clean Air Coast-to-Coast Drive.

The goal of the F-150’s trip is to underscore the importance and impact of reducing CO2 emissions through the use of propane autogas, according to Alliance AutoGas. “We want 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,” notes Ed Hoffman, president of Blossman Services, Inc.

“We hope 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,” said Stuart Weidie, president and CEO of Blossman Gas and president of Alliance AutoGas.

The Alliance AutoGas’ engineered fuel system features a single plug wiring connector featuring a 21-gallon underbody autogas tank. Everything is bracketed and designed to be installed without any drilling or fabrication.

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How To Save Money By Switching To Autogas

Blue Star Gas knows how to make propane work as an alternative fuel for a fleet. Founded in 1938, the company has 16 operations across the West Coast, including California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. It joined the Alliance AutoGas network in 2008, and since has become well acquainted with converting fleet vehicles to run on autogas, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Limousine and motorcoach operations already are getting behind propane. Alliance AutoGas has converted vehicles for companies such SuperShuttle, Transdev, Metro Cars, Lucky Limousine in Portland, Ore., and Driver Provider in Phoenix.

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Location: 15, six each in California and Oregon, one each in Washington, Utah and Arizona. Founded: 1938 Service: Alternative fuel solutions including certified conversion systems, conversion centers, fueling equipment, fuel supply, and user training for all commercial fleet sizes. Founder: Paul Stewart Employees: 120 Website: www.bluestarautogas.com Contact: Darren Engle (530) 945-8604

“We have EPA certification for the majority of the main product lines for limousines and other chauffeur driven vehicles,” says Darren Engle, director of government relations for Blue Star Gas. Part of the appeal is the money operators can save on reduced maintenance costs. Autogas has half as much carbon in it as traditional fossil fuels, meaning that engines last longer and oil changes go further.

Cost Savings

That’s not the only benefit that autogas provides. It costs about 40% less to operate vehicles on propane than on gasoline. Even with today’s downturn in gas prices, propane is still more than $1.50 cheaper. “This adds considerable relief to the bottom line of operating expenses,” Engle says. Not only that, but it’s also a greener fuel much cleaner for the environment. Yet another trait that makes it appealing is it’s a domestic fuel that lessens dependence on foreign oil — 98% of it is produced in the U.S. “Whether you care most about the environment, national security, or the economy, you get all three with one fuel,” Engle says.

Alliance AutoGas works with customers to ensure a seamless transition from gasoline to autogas. “[For] a chauffeured vehicle fleet owner, his job is to run his business, not to worry about conversion pieces or fueling strategies,” Engle says. “The partnership we create with [customers] takes care of all of that so they can continue to focus on their business. They don’t need to worry if it’s EPA certified or if there’s going to be fueling infrastructure available to them.”

While safety is always a large concern, Alliance AutoGas employees work not only with the drivers, but also with whoever maintains the company’s fleet to ensure everyone understands how to properly refuel the vehicles. “This way, everybody in the chain is comfortable with the fuel,” Engle says. The fuel is safe compared to CNG, which involves refueling a vehicle at very high pressures.

Movable Parts

Skeptics can rest easy knowing the equipment used for autogas conversation is transferable. When you retire the original vehicle, you pay a transfer fee and Alliance AutoGas will move the equipment to your new one. This allows you to pick the vehicle that best fits your fleet.

“We are constantly acquiring new certifications for vehicle conversions, and always making sure our customers have the latest and greatest technology in regards to refueling,” Engle says.

In addition, refueling autogas powered vehicles is easier than ever. Gone is the traditional twist-on connection — they’ve now been changed to a stab-fitting like a normal gas pump. The seamless process can be done with one hand, and emits virtually no fumes or emissions when disconnected.

Range anxiety is often a factor that hinders divers from choosing autogas, but Engle says fear not — customers will continue to see more public infrastructure being built, mostly in metropolitan areas.

“The goal is to build a network of propane infrastructure across the country so you can drive all over without worrying about running out of fuel,” he says. “We want to make the fuel experience as close to gasoline or better. In many aspects, autogas is better.”

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Alliance AutoGas Converts F-150 to Propane in 1:32:25 – Fastest Recorded Alt Fuel Conversion

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Lt to rt: Stephen Holland, Blossman Services Inc. Equipment Application Engineer and Stacey Snyder, Blossman Services Equipment Conversion Tech

Setting a record for the Fastest Recorded Alternative Fuel Conversion to propane autogas, Alliance AutoGas conversion technicians Stephen Holland and Stacey Snyder installed Alliance’s new Engineered Conversion System on a Bi-Fuel 2016 3.5 Liter Ford F-150 V6 almost 30 minutes faster than the predicted 2 hour window at the recent Work Truck Show. Over 100 participants attended the press event and witnessed the live conversion at the Indianapolis Convention Center on March 3.

Alliance AutoGas’ Engineered Fuel System features a single plug wiring connector featured 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.

Alliance AutoGas team members performing fastest autogas conversionEd Hoffman, President of Blossman Services, Inc., the equipment distributor for Alliance AutoGas, adds, “The live, record-setting conversion of the F-150 at the Work Truck Show proved that Alliance’s EPA and NFPA 58 compliant system can indeed be installed in far less than half the time of other products in the market without any permanent vehicle modifications. We are also confident in saying that fleets can experience a positive ROI with a partial asset life when reduced conversion costs are coupled with low, stable fuel prices as well as our warranty that doubles the industry standard.”

Stuart Weidie, President of Alliance AutoGas, who spoke at the live conversion event, adds “We are proud that our innovative and elegant fuel system design was installed in far less time than we ever anticipated. Alliances’ state of the art technology is the most durable alternatives fuel system available in the United States, and we are also pleased about the positive environmental impact. It is a winner in all regards. It is a definitive message that our system will take the lead on reducing costs and any barriers associated with fleet conversions going forward throughout North America.”

Time Clock of Fastest Successful Autogas ConversionIn early May of this year, the converted F-150 will embark on a 5,300 mile trip commencing in Kansas City, KS, travel to Portland, OR, across the country to Jacksonville, FL, and complete its journey in Asheville, NC, on May 20. The Alliance AutoGas Clean Air Coast-to-Coast Ride, supported by partners and sponsors, will show real time results of a cleaner, domestically- produced, and cost effective fuel option for fleets. Additionally, the goal of the ride is to provide awareness to the general public and industry on the importance and effectiveness of reducing C0₂ emissions by using propane autogas. By using autogas, air quality is greatly improved and there is a reduction in the black carbon particulate matter that has such a negative impact on lung health. The Propane Education Partner is the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), the Charity Partner of this endeavor is the American Lung Association of the Southeast Inc., local Re-Fueling Stop Hosts include 12 Clean Cities Coalitions, and the Media Partner is Bobit Business Media. Other Clean Air Coast–to- Coast Ride sponsors are Blossman Gas, Worthington Industries, and Blue Star Gas.

 

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Alliance AutoGas Shows High Growth and Performance Upswing in 2015

Alliance AutoGas Shows High Growth and Performance Upswing in 2015

Alliance AutoGas and its engineered fuel equipment system segments announce that 2015 showed extremely positive results and a substantial upswing in system sales, low emissions nozzle adoption, and number of gallons of gasoline displaced.

Stuart Weidie, president of Alliance AutoGas, an international network providing a comprehensive propane autogas solution for fleets, reports in 2015 alone, the 120 Alliance AutoGas members collectively displaced 45 million gallons of gasoline and produced $54 million in fuel cost savings for the 460 fleets they service.

According to Ed Hoffman, president of Blossman Services Inc., “The Alliance engineered equipment segment experienced a 44% increase in overall sales in 2015. This growth is fueled by many variables including vehicle platform focus and our world-class Plug & Play engine conversion system design.”

Equipment sales represent the Alliance commitment to the best-selling commercial vehicles in America -models such as the new Ford Transit, Ford F Series, Isuzu NPR, and Dodge Caravan, and Dodge Charger.

Three major manufacturers trucks converted to autogasHigh Quality Product Technology Brings Alliance to the Forefront

“Our sales growth can also be linked back to product design,” notes Ed Hoffman. Alliance’s simplified wiring and autogas injection technologies put Alliance in the forefront of conversion installations. Everything is bracketed and designed to be installed without any cutting, drilling or fabrication. The system does not require any permanent vehicle modifications. Unlike previous generation conversion “kits” that would require upwards of 15 hours to install and a lot of field engineering, our newer systems are being installed in well under 6 hours.

Alliance Engineered Fuels Systems also showed an even lower warranty incident rate. With this more consistent install of the Plug and Play came quality improvement.

Alliance AutoGas leads going into the modern age at the fuel pump

Safe connect, low emission nozzles, adaptors and accessories continue to connect and resonate with fleets throughout North America, another reason for Alliance’s 2015 upswing. Announced this past December by Alliance AutoGas, the Ultra- Low Propane Autogas Nozzle includes adaptors, connectors, caps and K15 valves. Full distribution was started in February across North America with huge acceptance and approval by not only fleets currently using propane autogas, but the propane industry as well.

The Alliance AutoGas network members also began installing the new connector and using the new low emissions nozzle for all new autogas installations in 2015. Such installations have been completed by propane autogas dispenser manufacturer Superior Energy; Bergquist Inc., Rutherford Equipment and Blossman Services. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, there are 2,700 propane autogas fueling stations in the U.S. alone, in addition to the Alliance’s 460 fleet locations.

“We are working at a high level in 2016 and are committed to improvement at every step of our evolving product development,” adds Weidie.

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Alliance AutoGas Earns Multiple Heavy Duty Engine EPA Certifications

Ford F-450 Alliance AutoGas Engineered SystemAlliance Autogas, through their equipment developer Blossman Services, Inc., has gained EPA approval for the two most popular heavy duty spark ignited engine platforms, the 6.8 V10 from Ford and the 6.0 V8 from General Motors. Depending on the engine certification, model year coverage ranges from 2010 up to 2016.

“With the development of these engine platforms we have positioned ourselves to be leaders in the Class 4-7 marketplace,” notes Ed Hoffman, president of Blossman Services. “The 6.8 V10 from Ford and the 6.0 V8 from General Motors are extremely popular engine options for many of our key segments.”

These engines are typically found in work trucks, shuttle buses, school buses, street sweepers, and strip chassis from top manufacturers. Some popular vehicle models these engines are featured in are the Isuzu NPR, Ford F450, F550, F650, GM Express Van, Workhorse, and Freightliner Custom Chassis vehicles.

Hoffman adds, “Conversion costs nearly half the cost of diesel options on these platforms. We deliver reduced fuel costs, simplified maintenance, and a cleaner domestic fuel source than oil burning diesels. Our bi-fuel propane autogas solution can be retrofitted into in use vehicles or converted prior to in-service through our installation network.”

Alliance AutoGas, the largest nationwide network providing EPA-certified Propane Autogas conversion systems to mid and heavy duty fleets in North America, has converted more than 9,400 vehicles to run on cleaner-burning, affordable, domestically-produced propane autogas. In 2015 alone, Alliance members collectively displaced 45 million gallons of gasoline and produced $54 million in fuel cost savings for the 460 fleets they service.

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Early Tests Show Promise for Propane as Alternate Fuel for Heavy Trucks

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By Eric Miller, Staff Reporter

Can diesel and propane fuels operate in harmony under the hood of a Class 8 truck? Charles “Shorty” Whittington thinks so. The owner of tank truck carrier Grammer Industries said his fleet is testing the alternative fuel and has seen promising results. “We are running a propane injection system on a couple of units on a test, and it has been phenomenal,” said Whittington, who also is a former chairman of American Trucking Associations. “We are up to almost 11 miles per gallon.” So far, the biggest challenge to the use of propane, however, might not be under the hood. “The problem is none of the engine manufacturers want to give you any warranty the minute you tap into the engine with propane,” Whittington said. “So you’ve got a very delicate situation.” He added, “But in my opinion, it’s got more legs than [compressed or liquefied natural gas]. We’ve worked a lot of bugs out, but you’ve got to have someone who has an open mind to try it out.” Indiana-based Grammer is one of the few carriers so far to kick the tires on a fuel that often is used in smaller commercial vehicles, but heretofore an unknown in Class 8 trucks. Ed Hoffman, president of propane supplier Blossman Services Inc., is trying to change that. Hoffman’s company has teamed with Alliance AutoGas and expects to soon offer commercially the first federal and California Air Resources Board emissions-certified Class 8 fueling system that substitutes propane for diesel at predetermined engine operating levels. The system, exhibited in May at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in Dallas, will substitute propane for diesel an average of 30% of the time it travels down the highway, according to Hoffman. He said the company earlier this year obtained U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certification for model years 2004-2007 Detroit Diesel 14-liter engines. Alliance and Blossman are expecting certification for model year 2013 and older Volvo D13 and Mack MP8 engines from EPA and CARB in December.

The new system successfully completed its high-altitude testing in the Colorado Rockies in May. Hoffman concedes the market for the system on the older engine models has been limited. The older vehicles already have come out of service, and from an aging standpoint, they’re on their second and third owners at this point,” Hoffman said. With cheaper diesel prices, it likely will take some time to persuade truckers to purchase propane blending systems even with newer models, he said. “We continue to field calls from interested prospects,” Hoffman said. “We are preparing the test vehicle to put into demo service shortly. We understand that we need to demonstrate performance.” Alliance has estimated the substitution system will save fleets 5 cents to 7 cents per mile in fuel costs and yield a cut in diesel emissions. The system will cost about $9,500 installed, Hoffman said. Not only will the system save fuel costs for carriers, it will help satisfy the requirements of shippers who seek to patronize green fleets, he added. “Directionally, we continue to see this tremendous interest in anything that uses propane in lieu of diesel, because the cost benefits are just so strong,” said Tucker Perkins, chief business development officer for the Propane Education and Research Council. “In the Class 8, what we’re seeing is more and more user interest.” Perkins said that, so far, the propane systems being tested are not necessarily increasing miles per gallon. Instead, they are reducing cost per mile since propane costs less at the pump and has less price volatility. “Almost exclusively from our test data so far and from the limited field data we’re seeing, it’s certainly a huge cost benefit, both in fuel and maintenance cost,” Perkins said. “It gives them every bit of a power pickup, better performance. While it hasn’t been a strong emissions play, I think over time we’ll see that the emissions are certainly better.” He added, “It only seems to enhance the diesel technology. We get lower cost per mile, we get extended life on the [diesel exhaust fluid], we get extended life to a degree on the particulate filters, we get more power. We get all of those things, and we’re not seeing any complexities on the diesel.”

The propane system that Blossman Services has developed would not have been possible without the sophisticated electronic controls in a modern diesel engine, he said. It also has required the blessing of an EPA certification and a sophisticated control and feedback technology that substitutes propane for diesel only when it would be best served in the combustion cycle and when the engine’s diesel particulate filter is regenerating. Perkins said the “poster child of test fleets” for using propane in a Class 8 engine is Keystone Automotive Operations. Anthony DiVeronica, service manager for Keystone, said his company has been testing a Class 8 truck with a propane-substitution system since January 2014. “Since the vehicle was placed in service with this technology, it has traveled over 60,000 miles throughout the northeast U.S. and Canada,” DiVeronica said in a statement. “While offering uninterrupted reliable service to Keystone’s customers, the truck has also been delivering significant fuel savings and has reduced emissions utilizing clean, domestic propane autogas.” DiVeronica said the conversion process was easy and trouble-free, and the truck has performed flawlessly with not even a single check-engine light. He said feedback also has been positive, with drivers saying they are unable to differentiate when the diesel-blend engine is substituting propane autogas or running on diesel. “Substitution levels of propane to diesel have averaged around 21%; however, depending on load, we have seen levels as high as 50%,” DiVeronica said. In another recent development in the alternative-fuel truck market, Alkane Truck Co. announced that it will begin production in early 2016 on a Class 7 cabover truck powered by either liquid propane autogas or compressed natural gas. The truck, which features an 8.8-liter engine from Power Solutions International and an Allison automatic transmission, is now available for dealership order, according to a Nov. 13 Alkane announcement. “When one considers the tax advantages to owning a vehicle that runs on LPG or CNG, then add the reduced cost of operation, these vehicles make perfect economic sense,” said Steve Rayborn, vice president of global sales at the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina-based company. CEO Bob Smith said the company’s assembly facility in Dorchester County, South Carolina, will employ more than 300 workers once it reaches full capacity. Alkane said it also is developing a Class 8 longhaul truck powered by natural gas and a “Humvee-type” vehicle fueled by propane.

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Franz Bakery Expands Propane Delivery Trucks to Fleet

Franz Bakery, a long-time advocate for alternative fuels, will add 20 more propane autogas vehicles to its fleet this year.

Franz Bakery has used propane autogas vehicles for the past 30 years. In 1994, its efforts in sustainability earned the company the recognition as the “BEST Business for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow” and the “BEST Innovation Award” issued jointly by the City of Portland, the Association for Portland Progress, and the Portland Business Journal.

Now, the company continues its commitment to alternative fuels through a partnership with regional propane autogas supplier Blue Star Gas. In 2012, the Blue Star Gas team converted 10 Franz delivery vehicles to propane autogas using the Prins vapor injection system. The new Alliance Engineered VSI-2 system will be used for the 20 additional delivery vehicles. The bakeries operates a total of about 125 trucks in the Portland area and has a total fleet of 1,770 vehicles.

“Propane autogas has been a great investment for us over the years,” said Tommy Moreno, Franz’s fleet manager. “Yes, it’s good business in terms of what we’re saving in fuel cost compared to gasoline, but the bigger benefit is to the community with our contribution to clean air.”

According to the Propane Education & Research Council, propane autogas emits 11 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared with gasoline and diesel, reducing short-term and long-term health effects in passengers.

“The contribution Franz has made to clean air in Oregon is substantial,” said Darren Engle, director of government relations for Blue Star Gas. “Oregon is a state that places high value on environmental quality and Franz Bakery continues to demonstrate that alternative fuels can reduce emissions, deliver exceptional performance, and add real value to businesses.”

The 20 additional propane autogas vehicles will be converted in the next year.

“In the end I think every business is looking for a better way to do things,” said Moreno. “When people see our delivery trucks around town they can’t see everything that’s gone into that decision. The technological innovations behind the Prins system, the state incentives that helped get these vehicles on the road, or the support of Blue Star Gas that helped make all of those things possible. People simply see us delivering bread, but it’s the way we’re doing it that’s remarkable and something we’re very proud of.”

Blue Star Gas Customer Franz Propane Autogas TruckThe 20 additional propane autogas vehicles will be converted in the next year. (PHOTO: Franz Bakery)

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Alliance AutoGas Recognized for Transportation Emission Reduction Efforts in North Carolina

Alliance AutoGas recently won the 2015 Mobile CARE Award from the North Caroline Clean Energy Technology Center.

Mike Phillips Receives Alliance Autogas Mobile CARE AwardMike Phillips received the award on behalf of Alliance AutoGas from Nick Tennyson, NC DOT Chief Deputy Secretary. Businesses that support the expansion of advanced transportation technology, including producers, marketers, and distributors of alternative fuel vehicles, vehicle components, fuel and related refueling equipment, were eligible for this award.  Others recognized at this event were: Gaston County, Orange County, Town of Knightdale, Raleigh, and The Produce Box, all of which are Alliance Autogas customers.

The 8th annual N.C. Mobile CARE (Clean Air Renewable Energy) awards conducted by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) and N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) to recognize outstanding transportation related air quality leadership were announced as part of the inaugural Southeast Alternative Fuel Conference & Expo held at the Raleigh Convention Center.

NCCETC and N.C. DOT recognized organizations and individuals across the state that are helping to lead the way to reduced transportation-related emissions and increased efficiency. This spring, the NCCETC announced the Smart Fleet Initiative, a new branch of the N.C. Mobile CARE recognition program exclusively focused on fleet commitment and accomplishments in reducing petroleum use, thus reducing CO2 emissions and other harmful emissions. North Carolina based fleets (both public and private sector) join N.C. Smart Fleet on 1 of 3 levels by completing an application. “In order to reduce emissions and enhance transportation efficiency, it’s essential to account for fuel use and undertake efforts to conserve and use more low carbon fuels. We are proud in our inaugural year to be recognizing 18 fleets for their initiatives in reducing fuel use and increasing fuel diversity,” said Anne Tazewell, transportation manager at NCCETC.

Photo caption: Nick Tennyson, NC DOT Chief Deputy Secretary presented the Mobile CARE Fuel Provider award to Mike Phillips, Municipal/Law Enforcement Specialist, Alliance AutoGas.

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Law Enforcement Fleets Receive Hands-on Training on Merits of Propane Autogas Conversion

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The Alliance AutoGas Law Enforcement Alternative Fuel Training held recently at the AutoGas Research & Technology Center in Asheville, NC gave county and municipal fleet managers the opportunity to learn more about merits of propane autogas conversion.

Alternative Fuel Training Ride And DriveThe one day, hands-on training familiarized North Carolina sheriffs, law enforcement officers and municipal governments on how converting fleets to propane autogas as an alternative fuel will dramatically lower emissions and save costs without a costly infrastructure requirement. Attendees heard remarks by Ed Hoffman, President of Blossman Services, Inc., Bill Eaker, Senior Environmental Planner & Coordinator at Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition, Michael Phillips, retired Captain of Criminal Enforcement at the Iredell County NC Sheriff’s Office and Steve Hightower, Fleet Manager for the City of Kingsport. Three training sessions were led by Alliance AutoGas team members on the topics of Safety Training, Refueling Dispenser Training, and Installation and Maintenance Training, along with a Q & A session.  “Ride and Drives” were available in the Dodge Charger, Ford Explorer Interceptor, Ford Taurus, Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Impala and the Crown Victoria.  Onsite Fuel Analysis and ROI Calculations were available throughout the day to all attendees. Attendees were asked to bring their fleet’s vehicle miles, estimated fuel cost and mpg information for a free consultation with the Alliance AutoGas team. Notes BSI President Ed Hoffman, “This event is yet another way that Alliance Autogas is demonstrating our commitment to law enforcement. Our EPA approved products and after-sales support enable agencies the ability to experience the benefits of Autogas.” Hoffman added, “We currently offer for this market segment the Explorer and Taurus Interceptors from Ford, Dodge Charger Pursuit and Jeep Wrangler from FCA, and the Impala, Caprice, and Tahoe from GM.”  Training session participants gained a deeper understanding of the benefits and implications of adopting the world’s third most popular automotive fuel. “We plan on hosting this event again, both here in North Carolina and through select markets throughout the U.S., Hoffman said.”

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Alliance AutoGas Certifies Big Three Automakers for Bi-fuel Propane Autogas Conversions

Aug 13, 2015

Alliance AutoGas Leads the Industry with EPA Certifications for

Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas Conversions

Three major manufacturers trucks converted to autogasThe major auto giants-  General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles often referred to as the “Big Three,” are all represented by fleets across the US and Canada who have converted their shuttles, vans, trucks buses and taxis to clean, domestically produced propane autogas.

Since 2013, Alliance AutoGas has received over a hundred EPA certifications to convert these big three company vehicles to propane autogas.

“Alliance prides itself on being given the opportunity to upfit vehicles from all major manufacturers,” says Ed Hoffman, present of Blossman Services Inc., the equipment distributor for Alliance AutoGas.

“We choose our platforms based on customer demand. With in- house engineering we are nimble to adapt our product to market needs.   Our approach allows the fleet to select the perfect bi-fuel autogas vehicle to fit their duty cycle and brand preference. Our offering doesn’t force the customer into ordering a vehicle with a specific wheel base, unique body configuration, or oversized engine that doesn’t fit their needs. The bi-fuel system gives the end user both unlimited vehicle customization and unlimited range, and our EPA certified engineered fuel systems maintain the full OEM Factory warranty in addition to our warranty support up to 5 years and 100,000 miles.“

Alliance AutoGas, the largest nationwide network providing EPA-certified Propane Autogas conversion systems to mid and heavy duty fleets in North America, has converted more than 7,400 vehicles to run on cleaner-burning, affordable, domestically-produced Propane Autogas. In 2014 alone, Alliance members collectively displaced 32 million gallons of gasoline and produced $45 million in fuel cost savings for the 460 fleets they service.

Alliance AutoGas is America’s only comprehensive program to transition fleets to autogas at no upfront cost. Easy and affordable, the Alliance AutoGas complete program includes vehicle technology, EPA-certified conversions, refueling infrastructure, data integration, fuel supply, and training to keep a fleet up and running on autogas.