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CONVERTED CARS TO SAVE ENERGY AND THE OZONE
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University officially gets behind the wheel
of a fuel-saving plan to use alternative fuels in some of its fleet vehicles at
1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.
Representatives from Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company and the
university's physical facilities department will be launching a pilot program
to test three Miami vehicles converted to use compressed natural gas.
The benefits of alternative-fuel cars include lower fuel costs (about
80cents/gallon equivalent), abundance of supply, fewer auto emissions and less
dependence on foreign oil, says Mark Slavik, environmental manager in the
physical facilities department.
CG&E converted three Miami vehicles in an agreement with the
In addition, students in Miami's Institute for Environmental Sciences are
studying the university's fleet to determine whether other vehicles should be
considered for conversion. Miami also soon will own six new Ford Taurus
flexible fuel vehicles.
Miami, the University of Cincinnati and several municipalities and
agencies belong to the Tri-State Alternative Fuels Coalition. The coalition's
efforts earned the region the designation of being a Clean Cities
Clean Cities is a locally based partnership coordinated by the U.S.
Department of Energy to expand the use of alternatives to gasoline and diesel
fuel. Alternative fuels include biofuels, ethanol, methanol, electricity,
natural gas, propane, coal-derived liquid fuels, hydrogen and hybrid fuel