Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow rolling into Decatur

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 19, 2015
2011 Nissan Leaf. Source: Wikimedia Commons

2011 Nissan Leaf. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Anyone who has an itch to test-drive a vehicle that runs on something other than good old fashioned gasoline, take note.

Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols will be bringing the fifth annual Annual Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow to Decatur on June 23. The event will be held at Agnes Scott College from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The series is designed to assist municipal leaders and private enterprise business fleets with critical transportation and operations planning information,” a press release from Echols’ office says. “This year’s theme will be ‘Advancing the Choice for Clean Energy’ and will focus on Georgia’s growing number of new natural gas, propane, electric and biofuel fleets. Each half-day event will feature an outdoor showcase of cars and trucks, followed by a series of panels with fleet managers, utilities, suppliers and vehicle manufacturers, who will discuss the benefits and challenges of switching to clean fuels.”

Decatur is one of eight cities around the state selected to take part in this year’s event.

According to the press release, “Admission to the event is free for public officials, government staff and private fleet operators or $29 for the general public and $15 for students.” Registration info can be found at

There will be an opportunity for vehicle test drives between noon and 1 p.m., the event announcement says.

According to the event announcement, “The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow ( has visited 48 cities since 2011 and educated over 4,000 fleet managers and business owners. The Roadshow receives no funding the state of Georgia or the Public Service Commission. No sponsorship or admission fees from the Roadshow either directly or indirectly benefit any candidate for public office. To ensure that the Roadshow maintains its core purpose of education on Alternative Fuels, no campaigning is allowed at any Roadshow event.”

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks Dan. I must state first of all that as of right now, I’m not interested in purchasing an alternative fuel vehicle. I am more than satisfied with one that runs on the most efficient and environmentally friendly fuel available right now and the foreseeable future, which is gasoline. But even if I was interested, I would not attend. Why on earth are elected officials and government staff allowed to enter free of charge? This is just another way for special interest groups (the sponsors of the event, see the website) to influence government leaders and staff. Talk about crony capitalism! The people who get stuck with the bill are the taxpayers and interested citizens. The sponsors and fleet operators write off the expenses and Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Public (I love using this phrase now) end up paying to attend and get stuck with higher priced city and county vehicles.
    I say everybody pays to attend and all vehicle manufacturers have an equal opportunity to sell their products. Later citizens should pressure government officials to purchase the most cost efficient vehicle available.

  • Csmiln4u

    With the price of gas these days alternatives are a good thing. I just don’t understand how this fits in with the PSC. I thought they only regulated natural gas, electricity and telephones. Not sure how this fits in.

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