As Tennessee continues to make strides in transportation efficiency, state leaders are evaluating and implementing long term solutions that include propane, natural gas, biofuels and electric vehicles (EV).
The Tennessee Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow, is a series of free educational events, being held March 12-26th in Kingsport, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis and Nashville.
Tennessee Department of Transportations Policy Manager for the Long Range Planning Division, Alan Jones, will speak on the efforts the state is making towards the implementation of clean, domestic and affordable alternative fuels.
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservations Director of the Office of Energy Programs, Molly Cripps, will also speak at the Kingsport and Nashville events.
The Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow is a first for Tennessee, with vehicle displays ranging from small electric vehicles, to large trucks powered by a variety of alternative fuels.
It will include a 2-hour seminar, featuring a panel of experts speaking on vehicles powered by electricity, propane, biofuels, and compressed natural gas. The discussion will focus on fueling infrastructure, public safety and the economic viability of each fuel type. They will also demonstrate how businesses and government can transition to these price-stable, lower maintenance fleet options.
The program will be directed by Jonathan Overly, Director of the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition in Kingsport, Knoxville and Chattanooga.
Atha Comiskey, with Middle Tennessee Clean Fuels will host the event in Nashville, and Paul Rice of West Tennessee Clean Fuels will moderate Memphis.
Tennessee Tour Stops:
Tuesday, March 12th 1p–4p – Kingsport-Tennessee Environmental Conference- Meadowview Conference Center
Wednesday, March 13th 20th 9a-12n –Knoxville- Smokies Stadium
Thursday, March 14th 9a–12n – Chattanooga – DoubleTree by Hilton-
Monday, March 25 9a–12n– Memphis – Agricenter
Wednesday, March 26, 9a–12n– Nashville Ed Jones Auditorium- Ellington Agricultural Center
Highlights of the Tennessee Tour include presentations by EFACEC-DC Fast Charging for Electric Vehicles, Nissan of North America, Roush Clean Tech and Alliance Auto Gas for propane.
Natural Gas will be represented by Westport, MLGW, Gibson County Utility District and Chattanooga Gas.
Warren Nevad, Executive Director of the Tennessee Renewable Energy & Economic Development Council (TREEDC) will speak on biofuels.
Tour Director, Joy Kramer adds, We import the dirty fuels, and export the clean ones. Our events are designed to reverse that equation, with education and hard numbers to make the business case.
Events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, visit www.afvroadshow.com or call 678-810-0929.