Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program About to Take Off

April 17, 2010

April 17th marked a milestone moment in the propane corridor project. Over 40 stakeholders, from as far away as Colorado and Texas, convened at VCC’s James Madison University office to participate in a project kickoff meeting.  The event began Thursday evening with a reception at the beautiful JMU Arboretum. Friday’s main topics focused around the current status, what the immediate next steps were, and the big picture view of the implementation of this historic project.  The energy was contagious and the spirits were high as we all saw the scope and potential of this initiative unfold.  We are fortunate to have such quality partners and stakeholders, and we are all looking forward to watching this massive project unfold!

The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program is a unique, progressive project aimed at building the infrastructure and impetus for public and private vehicle operators to convert existing vehicles from conventional gasoline to clean propane autogas. A network of conversion centers with highly trained certified technicians will convert almost 1,200 active fleet vehicles to propane, resulting in the immediate displacement of approximately 16 million gallons of gasoline over the four-year project period and the establishment of a solid base of alternative fuel vehicles across the Southeast. In addition to vehicle conversions, this program will implement over 17 propane fueling stations along high-impact roadways from Washington, D.C. to Florida to Mississippi in the development of the nation’s first Propane AutoGas Corridor.