Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell kicked off his third annual Governor’s Conference on Energy this morning by officially beginning his state fleet’s transition to alternative fuels. Governor McDonnell began the event by signing partner agreements as well as a memorandum of understanding to switch state fleet vehicles to a mix of propane autogas and compressed natural gas (CNG). A propane autogas cruiser from the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and a propane-powered ROUSH CleanTech Ford F250 was on display during the conference.
Steve McCoy of Alliance AutoGas, representatives from Clean Energy and CNG proponent Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin witnessed the signing of the momentous executive directive, which requires all state agencies to develop an alternative fuel replacement plan. McCoy was joined at the event by fellow Alliance AutoGas representative in Virginia Tripp Greene and Alliance AutoGas partner John Phillips of Phillips Energy, as well as Chelsea Jenkins of ROUSH.
The propane autogas conversions will be handled by Alliance AutoGas and ROUSH CleanTech. The two companies will also provide OEM autogas vehicles for the Commonwealth. In addition, Alliance AutoGas will provide fueling infrastructure for state fleets transitioning to autogas.