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April 26, 2013

Clean Cities symposium shows fleet owners and managers the benefits of alternative fuels

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NORMAN —

Central Oklahoma Clean Cities partners currently displace about 3 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel each year with alternative fuels and other petroleum reduction technologies, and nationally Clean Cities partners have saved more than 3 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel since the program began in 1993.

“Being a Clean Cities partner means we stay in touch with what’s happening in the alternative fuel and vehicle industry, which is invaluable when building an alternative fuel program like ours,” said Leon Fourcade, fleet services administrator for the University of Oklahoma. “We have also been able to take advantage of Clean Cities and Association of Central Oklahoma grant solicitations to help fund or offset the cost of alternative fuel projects.”

At the May 9 event, local and regional alternative fuel experts will speak about the advantages of compressed natural gas, propane and electric drive technologies and the incentives available for switching to alternative fuels, like tax credits and loan programs. Speakers will also cover maintenance recommendations for alternative fuel vehicles, technician certification requirements and equipment safety inspections.

The Ride & Drive event will feature a Nissan Leaf electric drive vehicle, a plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, several natural gas vehicles including the Westport Wing Ford F250 and Ram 2500 Crew Cab, and two propane autogas-powered Ford F150 and Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks.

The cost to attend is $30 per person, and attendees must pre-register. To register or for more information, visit cleancitiesok.org/fleet. The event is sponsored by the Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coalition and program at the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

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