‘Fueling the Future’ to talk clean transportation

DOVER — DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate will partner with the Delaware Clean Cities Coalition to present a conference on alternative transportation fuels.

Fleet managers, businesses, public organizations and transportation professionals are invited to attend “Fueling the Future: Clean Transportation for a Greener Delaware” May 24 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Registration is open through Wednesday.

“Delawareans have demonstrated a growing interest in driving propane, natural gas and electric vehicles, and the accessibility to these alternative fuels is expanding,” said DNREC Secretary David Small. “This event is a great opportunity to learn what vehicles are available and the benefits of choosing them.”

The one-day interactive event will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. People attending can explore the benefits of cleaner alternative fuels for transportation, including propane auto gas, natural gas and electricity.

Also, Gov. Jack Markell will announce recipients of the alternative fueling infrastructure grants.

It also will feature presentations and panel discussions, displays from 11 vendors and a raffle to win an electric vehicle charging station. Participants will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of alternative-fueled cars and ride in alternative-fueled commercial vehicles. Vehicles on display will include: propane and natural gas school buses, trucks, emergency vehicles and vans, as well as passenger electric vehicles such as the BMW i3 and the Nissan Leaf.

“Fueling the Future” is hosted by the Delaware Clean Cities Coalition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program. The coalition is housed within the Delaware Division of Energy & Climate, and comprises more than 40 stakeholders from state and local governments, fuel suppliers, vehicle retailers, fleet owners, non-profit organizations and other interested parties.

To register for the event, or for more information, visit de.gov/fuelingthefuture.

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