Sustainably Speaking

Counting down to AHR Expo, Chicago Auto Show

February is a busy month. In one week, I will be at the AHR Expo in Las Vegas. As usual, I have a jammed packed schedule. I’m excited to learn about the new cutting-edge products that will be showcased, meet new industry friends, and become reacquainted with friends that I have meet in the past few years at AHR. Once I’m back from the Expo, I will be attending the 2011 Chicago Auto Show the second week of February.

While at AHR, I will have the opportunity to meet with ROUSH CleanTech's executive director, Peter King, to learn about the newest in propane vehicles. As many of you may know, in November, I wrote an article about alternative-fuel vehicles (Say goodbye to gas guzzlers), including propane vehicles. Propane can be used for fleets of any size. Even though propane is becoming more widely used across the U.S., there is still a lack of understanding concerning its benefits, which Peter will touch upon when I interview him. I look forward to learning more about propane from Peter and blogging about our interview.

In the mean time, there are a variety of resources on the web regarding AVFs you should check out.

Joe Thompson, president of ROUSH CleanTech, recently started a blog called Fuel for Thought, an educational look into alternative fuels, particularly propane autogas, for use in fleets of any size. His blog includes recent posts such as “What Engine Fuel is Right for You" and "Setting the Stage for Change." Joe strives to answer concerns through this blog.

There is also the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVi), serving as the connection between fleets and the alternative fuel and vehicle industry, providing fleet operators with education, training, technical assistance, etc., on alternative fuels and vehicles in the marketplace today.

And there is also the Green Truck Association’s (GTA) website, which serves as a resource for the development and deployment of green trucks. An affiliate division of the National Truck Equipment Association, the GTA was established in spring 2010 in recognition of the growing interest and demand for green products within the work truck industry.

These are all helpful resources that will keep you abreast of AFVs and their technologies.

I’m also looking forward to attending the 2011 Chicago Auto Show once I’m back from AHR. This is the first time I’m attending the auto show as a member of the media, so this will indeed be a new and exciting experience for me, which I will share with you. I’m sure I’ll see a variety of electric, hybrid and concept cars that you will be interested in.

I hope to see you at AHR next week!