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Columbus to Host Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow

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Columbus, GA—PSC Commissioner Tim Echols will host his third annual Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow in Columbus on June 21. The Roadshow showcases the practical impact of clean, alternative fuels in today's vehicles. Echols said attendees will get a close look at propane, biofuels, natural gas, electric (EV) and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles along with answers to questions on cost, safety, maintenance and financing considerations.

"This roundtable brings together policy makers, businesses and consumers involved with clean energy, and those who actually use this technology each and every day," said Echols who has driven both a CNG Honda and Ford Plug-in Hybrid. "It is my hope that we can get ahead of skyrocketing gas prices and reduce our dependency on OPEC oil." Echols said high gasoline prices have a chilling effect on economic development.

This marks the first year that the Tour has stopped in Columbus. Liberty Utilities which has recently begun an expansion of CNG service in Georgia, will also host a fueling demonstration and complimentary "Fuel Up and Fill Up" lunch at their headquarters following the presentations.

"There is a considerable focus across the nation to leverage the abundant, reliable and clean-burning natural gas resource in day-to-day operations," said Roger Garms, President, Liberty Utilities Georgia. "I'm proud to say, at Liberty Utilities, we're taking a leadership role and doing what we can to make natural gas vehicles an important part of our transportation mix."

The success of the series has propelled it throughout the southeast. Full-time Tour Director, Joy Kramer adds, "The importance of "localizing" the national conferences can't be overstated. There's a very high demand for education of city and municipal fleet leaders who cannot spend taxpayer money to travel in today's economy".

WHERE: Columbus Trade & Convention Center 801 Front Avenue (Showcase & presentations)

Liberty Utilities 2300 Victory Drive (Lunch and fueling demonstration)

VEHICLES:

• Roush-Ford E350 Propane Van

• Ford 2013 C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid

• 2008 Ford F150 Police Truck (Propane)

• Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Honda

• 2012 & 2013 models, all-electric Nissan LEAF with EFACEC DC Fast Charger

• Class A Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Freightliner

• Chevrolet Silverado 2500 CNG bi-fuel

WHEN: Friday, June 21

• 9AM – 10AM Vehicle Showcase on site

• 10AM – 12PM Seminar: Series of presentations by manufacturers and suppliers

• 12NOON – 1:30PM Lunch and CNG fueling demonstration and tour

INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For information visit http://www.afvroadshow.com/ or call 678-810-0929.

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