Cumberland Gas Brings Affordable Alt Fuel to Coastal Vehicle Fleets

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| Source: Alliance AutoGas

KINGSLAND, Ga., Dec. 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New Alliance AutoGas partner Cumberland Gas will provide fleets in the Georgia coastal region with the only complete program for seamlessly switching to propane autogas. The international Alliance AutoGas network of fuel providers and certified conversion centers is constantly expanding to fulfill growing fleet demand for affordable, American-made alternative fuel.

"The future of the propane industry is autogas," says Daniel Minckler, vice president of operations at Cumberland Gas. "Partnering with Alliance AutoGas is a great opportunity to educate the public on the advantages of utilizing this domestic clean fuel in a variety of fleet applications. Propane is one of the most versatile fuels in the world, and autogas is just another way of tapping into propane's usefulness in the marketplace. Fleet operators are afforded the opportunity to experience substantial fuel cost savings by converting to propane autogas, and we are excited to spread this message."

Alliance AutoGas guides fleets through every aspect of switching to clean fuel, including vehicle conversions, fueling, on-site fuel station installation, data integration, training and ongoing technical support. Autogas fleets currently save around $1.50 per gallon on fuel costs, and Alliance vehicle conversion financing even enables fleets to start saving from day one.

Many fleets across Cumberland's home state of Georgia are already running on propane autogas through the Alliance AutoGas program, including the Villa Rica Police Department, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the City of Carrollton Police Department, the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office, the City of West Point and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Alliance recently helped the City of Sandy Springs switch 25 Ford Crown Victorias to autogas, saving the fleet more than $11,000 in fuel costs in three months time, while displacing nearly 10 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Sandy Springs is transitioning a total of 65 cruisers to autogas under the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program, and they are purchasing 14 vehicles for additional autogas conversions.

"Cumberland Gas is a welcome addition to the Alliance AutoGas network, as an increasing number of fleets in Georgia are choosing propane autogas," says Stuart Weidie, president of Alliance AutoGas and founder of Autogas for America. "Beyond cost savings, autogas plays an essential role in our nation's energy future because 98 percent of the U.S. supply is made in America. Alliance will continue growing to provide the world's most widely used alternative fuel to fleets in our own backyard."

Cumberland Gas Inc. has been a trusted, family owned and operated propane retailer in Kingsland, Ga., since 1956. The company expanded in 2004 to include Cumberland Home and Hearth, offering appliances, fireplaces, outdoor kitchen products. Cumberland now provides propane autogas fueling and clean vehicle conversions as a new partner in the Alliance AutoGas network. www.cumberlandhomeandhearth.com

About Alliance AutoGas

Alliance AutoGas enables fleet managers to use clean, economical, American-made autogas through vehicle conversions, on-site fueling and ongoing safety training and technical support. The Alliance AutoGas partner network of international propane marketers and conversion centers is experiencing tremendous growth, currently spanning 40 states, Washington D.C., and now the Provinces of Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba in Canada. For fleets interested in new propane autogas-powered vehicles, Alliance also provides OEM vehicles through partnerships with automotive experts at ROUSH CleanTech as part of the complete program. Learn more at: www.allianceautogas.com. For questions, contact David Finder, National Energy Programs Manager, dmfinder@allianceautogas.com or (828) 251-0027.

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