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Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow stops in Augusta

Joy Kramer wants as many people as possible to see the changing face of American transportation.
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A Ram 2500, the only pickup made by Chrysler to use compressed natural gas, is displayed at the third annual Georgia Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow in Augusta. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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A Ram 2500, the only pickup made by Chrysler to use compressed natural gas, is displayed at the third annual Georgia Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow in Augusta.
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“We’re here to show what’s available – right now,” said Kramer, the tour director for the third annual Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow, which stopped Friday in Augusta.

Lined up outside the Georgia Regents University Alumni Center were vehicles powered or assisted by propane, biofuels, natural gas, electricity and compressed natural gas.

Newer technology, more cost-effective infrastructure and growing demand are pushing alternative fuel markets forward rapidly, with municipalities often taking the lead.

“Cities and municipalities are looking for ways to save taxpayers some money,” Kramer said. “We take a national conference down to a local level because small municipalities don’t always have the money to travel to large shows.”

In addition to lectures on cost, safety and maintenance, visitors were offered a look at the newest alternative-fuel vehicles that can travel longer distances.

“The performance is already there – absolutely,” Kramer said. “Range anxiety is what keeps people from the technology.”

Exhibitor Whitney Collins, of Georgia-based Force 911, explained the benefits of a Ford F-150 police vehicle outfitted with the company’s propane system, which can switch between gasoline and propane at the push of a button.
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