Alliance AutoGas (AAG), a national coalition of businesses providing the fuel, technology, and ongoing support to autogas fleets in North America, and Blossman Gas, AAG founder and the largest privately owned propane company in the nation, will be participating in the Autogas Answers Workshop at the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries in Montgomery, AL, on October 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT. The workshop will present a compelling, facts-based case for using propane autogas in fleet vehicles. Autogas fueled vehicles will be on hand for live demonstrations, as well as ride and drive opportunities.
Due to its many benefits such as reduced emissions and less cost per gallon, autogas, the term for propane when used to fuel an on-road vehicle, is the most widely used alternative fuel in world, with over 23 million drivers on the road globally. Mark Denton, Vice President of Business Development for AAG, will be delivering a presentation on the environmental benefits of autogas and the basics of its refueling infrastructure. When speaking on the upcoming workshop, Denton says “I am excited to speak at the Alabama Propane Autogas Answers workshop this month in Montgomery on the benefits of propane autogas as a clean, domestic alternative to gasoline and diesel at a fraction of the cost. I am happy that the state I live in is promoting propane autogas for fleets and am proud that some of our AAG customers will also be speaking and telling their stories of how autogas saves them money in their fleet operations.”
John Barnett, Propane Program Manager for U-Haul International, will be the keynote speaker for the workshop. U-Haul has shown exceptional progress this year in growing their autogas refueling infrastructure, their goal being to serve autogas fleets on a nationwide scale through providing a reliable refueling option. When speaking on the upcoming workshop, Barnett added “The Company began selling propane in 1984 and has been the largest retailer of propane in the U.S. since 1987. We have been growing our infrastructure ever since. U-Haul now has over 1100 propane dispensers in the U.S. As autogas has evolved, we continue to upgrade our pumps to accommodate the new autogas vehicles. We work with the major propane suppliers, regional propane suppliers, independent propane suppliers and 3rd party OEM autogas manufactures. Now, more and more people are looking to U-Haul for their autogas fuel needs.”
Alabama has been one of the most successful states in the country in the utilization of propane autogas. The Mobile County Public School Systems (MCPSS) in Alabama, has shown a tremendous commitment to improving air quality for the children in its district by choosing autogas for its school buses. Propane school bus engines lower greenhouse gas emissions to near-zero levels, which improves air quality and eliminates concerns about breathing-related health issues, like asthma and bronchitis. MCPSS placed 10 new 2019 model buses that operate on autogas in service for the 2019-2020 school year and has 30 more autogas buses being built. Blossman Gas provides the propane autogas to fuel MCPSS buses. When speaking on serving the MCPSS, Blossman Branch Manager Chad Chavers added, “MCPSS have shown exceptional stewardship with their resources in choosing propane autogas to fuel their buses. MCPSS began with the need to improve the air quality for their 26,000 students being transported daily. Autogas met that requirement, and provided the benefit of lowering their operational costs. Blossman continues to look forward to helping MCPSS bring better air quality to their students”
What: Alabama Autogas Answers Workshop
Where: Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries – Richard Beard Building Conference Room. 1445 Federal Drive, Montgomery, AL 36109
When: Thursday, October 10th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT