By Cameron Chai
The Propane Clean Air Rally and Autogas Parade was held on April 14, 2012 at Atlanta. Fleet vehicles belonging to the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program along with over 50 propane autogas vehicles from around the country participated in the parade.
Virginia Clean Cities, which managed the program, had teamed up with Clean Cities-Atlanta to offer these Georgia-based vehicles for the program. The event was conducted to promote awareness on the advantages of propane autogas to local communities, government and fleets.
The event was hosted by the National Propane Gas Association. The centennial celebration of the industry also began with the event. The celebration focused on propane autogas, which is used as an alternative fuel throughout the world.
This is the first event to exhibit over 50 propane autogas vehicles. Hence, event organizers have planned to achieve a new Guinness World Record for highest participation of propane autogas vehicles.
The event was open to public with free entry. The rally commenced at 12 PM on the event day at the Centennial Olympic Park, situated in the centre of Atlanta. Around 1-2 PM, a press conference was planned at the amphitheatre of the park.
The program partners who exhibited their vehicles included certified conversion center Force 911, the City of Sandy Springs, and Sheriff Offices of Carroll County, Jackson County and Muscogee County. Furthermore, city officials, community members and fleet managers were prompted to test drive these advanced vehicles.
Over 1200 clean autogas vehicles are plying on the road through this program. Nearly 30 autogas fuel stations have been executed by the program across 10 Southeast states, Pittsburgh and Denver. The program vehicles replaced over 110,000 gal of gasoline and removed almost 130 t of greenhouse gases.