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Alternative Fuel Roadshow visits Hall County

By Jerry Gunn Reporter
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BRASELTON - The Second Annual Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow held by the Georgia Public Service Commission continued its state wide trek Tuesday morning in Hall County at Road Atlanta.

The Roadshow featured a passenger van, a Hall County School bus, compact passenger cars, even a police car, all powered by either electricity, propane gas, or compressed natural gas.

Public Service Commission Spokesman Bill Edge said the Roadshow seeks to educate business leaders and consumers that America can cut down and eventually eliminate the use of petroleum fuel.

"These vehicles are economical, they provide a green source of energy for the future and reduce our dependence on foreign oil and natural gas," Edge said. "The U.S. has a great supply of natural gas. We've got enough natural gas to last for well over 150 years and its right here. We don't have to import it from a country that doesn't like us or that can put us in a bind if they stop the supply."

The Roadshow left Road Atlanta for Thomasville. Thursday it travels to Dublin, then to Norcross. Next Monday it heads for Macon and then it travels to Savannah on Tuesday.

"I hope we can attract more alternative fuel research, development and fueling infrastructure to Georgia and this event is designed to highlight the opportunities," according to Commission Vice Chairman Chuck Eaton.

Steve Oppenheimer of Clean Cities Atlanta said his organization's goal is to totally replace petroleum.

"There are so many people realizing the security aspect of reducing our dependence on oil," he said.

Alternative Fuel electric cars are for sale in Gainesville according to one consultant attending the Roadshow.

Kevin Craft with Carriage Auto Group displayed brand new, totally electric vehicles.

"I would compare them two consumer electronics," Kraft said. "These are in their infancy right now."

Craft expects the electric cars to catch on as charging stations become more available and efficient.

"We've had some interest, we've had some people asking questions, we're ready to sell them." Craft added.
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