Another week, another gasoline price spike making headlines. But on the other hand, there’s also plenty of news about fleets switching to domestic clean fuel and advanced technology vehicles! Here’s a roundup of this week’s top alternative fuel and fleet industry news items:
The Villa Rica Police Department in Georgia is switching 11 patrol cars to clean propane autogas under the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program. “The vehicles run cleaner on propane, it’s been proven you have to change the oil less often and you can get more miles out of the car on propane than you can on gasoline,” Police Chief Michael Mansour said.
ROUSH CleanTech is accepting orders for the 2012 EPA- and CARB-certified propane autogas Ford F-250/F-350 in-bed tank configuration.
- According to the Wall Street Journal, “most energy experts now project that North America will have the capacity to be a net exporter of oil and natural gas by the end of this decade.”
- A new mandate in Tennessee requires at least 25 percent of new light-duty vehicles acquired by Chattanooga agencies to run on alternative fuel by 2015.
- Will diesel school buses and municipal vehicles soon be a thing of the past?
- Florida may be the next big “hotbed” for natural gas vehicles.
- Ford is investing $135 million to construct an advanced electrification center as it brings more of its hybrid and electric vehicle development in house. The company is aiming to lower the vehicle cost by building it on the same line as the traditional gasoline engine.