Alt fuel news roundup: 6/13/2013

In this week’s news roundup, we feature headlines about propane fleets, electric vehicles and CNG, and state policy for alternative fuels:

  • Carolina Cat, a heavy equipment provider based in Charlotte, N.C., has joined Alliance AutoGas to provide clean autogas conversions for fleets in Western North Carolina. Carolina Cat will perform vehicle conversions using the bi-fuel Prins VSI autogas system, which can automatically revert to gasoline and easily be switched from a retiring vehicles to a new one.

  • Virginia Clean Cities announced it has launched 1,000 propane autogas vehicles across the U.S. through its DOE-funded project, the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program. Propane-fleets that switched to autogas through this Program include law enforcement flees, small business fleets, public transportation fleets, private medical transit fleets and even the Veolia Transportation nationwide taxi fleet.

  • Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law a rewrite of the state’s alternative fuel vehicle tax credit program to limit the potential for ballooning costs.

  • The city council in Livonia, Mich., is reviewing a proposal for an alternative fuel station for natural gas and electric vehicles.

  • Penske Truck Leasing will handle vehicle maintenance for Alpha Baking Co. Inc., which has about two dozen Ford E-450 propane-powered delivery trucks.

  • The cost of an electric car can outweigh the benefits of cheap fuel.

  • Natural gas may be making headlines as a transportation fuel, but there’s unfortunately not many places for fleets to fill up.

  • Thanks to a landmark low-carbon fuel rule in California, there are more clean vehicles on the road throughout the state than ever before. According to the article, “California drivers saved more than two billion gallons of gasoline in the two years since the launch of the rule—about as much gas as the state uses in two months. The carbon emissions reduction is equal to taking half a million vehicles off the road.”

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