Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have all been busy organizing educational and promotional events around propane autogas this summer.
The Michigan Propane Gas Association is a gold sponsor of the Lansing (Michigan) Community College Automotive Conference 2013 on August 23-24. The day before the conference, the Michigan PGA is sponsoring a Drive Sales with Autogas seminar from the Propane Education & Research Council from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the west campus. Register for the seminar. On August 23, conference registrants can test drive an autogas vehicle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more and register for the conference.
In Minnesota, Como Oil & Propane opened in July the state’s first autogas fueling station in Duluth as part of the Alliance Autogas network. This week, Como is holding an autogas symposium at Duluth’s Clyde Ironworks Center with scheduled presentations by Will Norman, Como COO and co-president, Michael Taylor, PERC’s director of business development, Roger Leider, executive director of the Minnesota PGA, and Betsy Ahner, executive director, Wisconsin PGA. Como has ten divisional offices in Minnesota and Wisconsin and reports it is converting its fleet of 100 vehicles to run on autogas.
Last week, PERC’s Jeremy Wishart presented a seminar with Wisconsin Clean Cities on propane as a fuel for on-road and off-road vehicles. And in July, Wood Dale, Illinois-based Power Solutions International (PSI) presented PERC’s Third Thursday Webinar, discussing its propane-fueled engines that reportedly are moving like gangbusters in certain retail outlets. PSI, a manufacturer of alternative-fuel engines, reported second quarter sales rose 18 percent from the same period in 2012.