Program promotes clean propane autogas at Virginia Odyssey Day events

The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program had displays at two Odyssey Day events in Virginia on October 15 to share information about the Program and the benefits of propane Autogas vehicles. Odyssey Day is held every two years and is the nation’s largest alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle event. This year, Odyssey Day was celebrated on October 15 at more than 100 locations across the United States.

Steve McCoy of Alliance AutoGas displays a propane Autogas vehicle

The Program had information booths at the events at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Va. and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Event attendees learned about the positive impacts of the Program, including how propane Autogas vehicles are reducing harmful emissions and lessening U.S. dependence on foreign oil. The Program, which is converting 1,200 vehicles to propane Autogas and implementing more than 20 propane Autogas fueling stations, will displace an estimated 3.9 million gallons of gasoline and eliminate more than 3.75 tons of airborne pollutants each year of the project.

Virginia Clean Cities, the Program administrator, hosted the TCC and JMU events. VCC Executive Director Chelsea Jenkins says, “Odyssey Day events are a great way for fleets to learn how easy it is to make the switch from gasoline to alternative energies, like emissions-cutting, domestically produced propane Autogas. We encourage people to take advantage of programs like this in order to explore the alternative fuel and advanced technology landscape – the more people know, the faster our nation will move toward energy independence.”

Alliance AutoGas, a Program partner that will provide all the conversion equipment, fuel supply and vehicle conversion support to the Program’s fleets, displayed an Autogas bi-fuel Crown Victoria at the TCC Odyssey Day event.

“Autogas is an ideal solution for fleet vehicles, allowing fleets to save on maintenance and fuel costs while reducing emissions and U.S. reliance on foreign oil,” says Steve McCoy, an Alliance AutoGas representative who attended the TCC event and provide the vehicle. “It’s great to show people at events like Odyssey Day how great Autogas vehicles drive and just how easy it is to fuel them up, on top of all their other benefits.”

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, which also administers the Program, sponsored both the Tidewater Community College Odyssey Day and James Madison University events. The TCC event took place Friday, October 15 from 10-2 p.m., and the JMU event washeld Friday, October 15 from 2-5 p.m.