Alt fuel industry news roundup: 3/28/13

“In like a lion out like a lamb.” The alternative fuel and transportation industry certainly lived up to this old saying in March, with the Work Truck Show at the beginning of the month kicking things off with a bang. Here is the latest news you need to know from the past week as we wrap up the month of March:

  • A lawn and landscaping company in Missouri saved around $10,000 over the past year operating propane mowers.

  • A county in West Virginia plans to compare fleet vehicles that run on propane autogas versus compressed natural gas.

  • You can register here for the upcoming Energy Independence Summit 2013, where the nation’s Clean Cities coordinators and clean transportation experts will discuss the future of alternative fuel vehicles in the U.S.

  • The Mass Transportation Authority in Michigan just received its first four of 60 total new propane autogas fleet vehicles. MTA originally considered CNG vehicles, but it would have required spending more money on special storage and fueling facilities.

  • We’re seeing a trend pop up time and again in the news headlines, first with state governments and now the federal government as well: how do we pay for transportation infrastructure traditionally funded by the gasoline tax, when more and more people are driving less overall and driving alternative fuel vehicles more? Problem is, no one wants to punish drivers who choose clean fuel and advanced technology vehicles by taxing them, but the funds have to come from somewhere! Expect to see more legislation to solve this issue making the news in 2013.

  • U.S. truckers say natural gas vehicles are too pricey.

  • The City of Temple, Texas, is adding 11 clean propane autogas vehicles to their fleet, which already includes five autogas vehicles.

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