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April 15, 2002

Hot future for alt-fuel cars


Air pollution and strained relations with many oil-rich countries are among the reasons Tucsonans should look to alternative fuel sources for their cars and trucks, according to Tucson Regional Clean Cities Coordinator Jimmy L. Ford.

A National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey held in Downtown Tucson featured about two dozen alternative-fuel vehicles, including cars that run on bio-diesel and compressed natural gas.

Thursday's event was one of about 50 held across the nation to promote awareness and use of such fuels.

Ford said a 2001 survey showed there are about 1,745 privately owned alternative-fuel vehicles in Pima County, which is a 43 percent increase from 2000.

Tucson City Councilman Fred Ronstadt attended with the 2002 Toyota Prius he bought a few months ago. The car features both a gasoline engine and an electric motor.

"The (car's) computer decides what's more efficient at any given time," said Ronstadt, who added that he is pleased with the car.

The city of Tucson plans to convert its fleet of 199 buses to compressed natural gas, Ford said. He said 68 percent of the buses already have been changed over.

"It's all about air quality and keeping Tucson clean. We don't want Tucson to become like Phoenix," he said.

Plans are under way to have Tucson's first compressed natural gas station put in at Tucson International Airport this summer, said Jim Harger, vice president of marketing for California-based ENRG. ENRG has more than 100 stations nationwide.

Jim Warner, sales manager for Southern States Power Co., said the firm is also hoping to make bio-diesel fuel available in Tucson this summer.

Bio-diesel fuel is often about 20 percent fried or virgin oil and 80 percent diesel, Warner said, although the percentage of oil can be higher. Warner said soybean oil is the cheapest.

"Any diesel engine can go in and fill up on this," Warner said.


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