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Georgia Public Service Commisioner led clean fuel showcase
by Chamber News on June 21st, 2013

Valdosta, GA—PSC Commissioner Tim Echols will host his third annual Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow in Valdosta on June 20. The Roadshow showcases the practical impact of clean, alternative fuels in today’s vehicles. Echols said attendees will get a close look at propane, biofuels, natural gas, electric (EV) and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles along with answers to questions on cost, safety, maintenance and financing considerations.

“This roundtable brings together policy makers, businesses and consumers involved with clean energy, and those who actually use this technology each and every day,” said Echols, who has driven both a CNG Honda and Ford Plug-in Hybrid.  “It is my hope that we can get ahead of skyrocketing gas prices and reduce our dependency on OPEC oil.” Echols said high gasoline prices have a chilling effect on economic development.

This marks the first year that the Tour has stopped in Valdosta. “The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber is very pleased to help host this event,” Chamber President Myrna Ballard said. “The goal of our Sustainable Energy Network is to help educate the business community about energy efficiency and provide a platform that promotes and advocates for the environmental technology sector in Metro Valdosta.”

The success of the series has propelled it throughout the Southeast. Full-time tour director, Joy Kramer adds, “The importance of ‘localizing’ the national conferences can’t be overstated. There’s a very high demand for education of city and municipal fleet leaders who cannot spend taxpayer money to travel in today’s economy.”  

VEHICLES:
Roush-Ford E350 Propane Van
Police Truck Propane
Ford 2013 C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Honda
2012 & 2013 models, all-electric Nissan LEAF with EFACEC DC Fast Charger
Class A Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Freightliner
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 CNG bi-fuel  


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