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Propane Rally in April in Atlanta

January 2, 2012 in Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The National Propane Gas Association and fellow proponents of the most widely used alternative fuel are staging a Propane Clean Air Rally and Autogas Vehicle Parade as the kick-off to the industry’s Centennial year.

The Propane Clean Air Rally will be held in and around Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta on Saturday, April 14.

The propane industry is celebrating its Centennial this year: 100 years of commercial product. By 1950, propane vehicles proliferated, says the National Propane Gas Association: the Chicago Transit Authority alone ordered 1,000 propane buses.

The Rally has the support of General Motors, Roush CleanTech, Clean Cities Atlanta, Clean Fuel USA, and Alliance Autogas, with PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council, helping with vehicle logistics.

Vehicles to be showcased range from propane-fueled forklifts and mowers to buses, trucks, and police cars.

The Most Popular Alternative Fuel

The Rally will help kick off NPGA’s Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta April 14-16.

Chevrolet introduced four propane truck engines in 1965, says the National Propane Gas Association.

NPGA notes that propane autogas is the most popular alternative fuel, and indeed the third most common vehicle fuel in the world, fueling some 15 million vehicles world-wide – about 270,000 in the U.S.

“We have the largest refueling infrastructure of any alternative fuel in the nation, with availability in every state,” NPGA says. “Propane autogas is readily available, domestically produced, environmentally responsible, and significantly reduces fuel and maintenance costs for fleets.”

Autogas vehicles go farther than other alternative fuels and won’t sacrifice performance, the association adds.

The Propane Clean Air Rally has been submitted for a record attempt with the Guinness World Book of Records.

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