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Workshop Informs VA Businesses About Alternative Fuel Vehicles

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Filling your gas tank with alternative fuel could actually help the environment.  People from across the commonwealth are gathered in Charlottesville for a natural gas workshop Thursday.

Dozens of Virginia businesses are thinking about switching over to cars that run on natural gas, and now they have a chance to ask questions.

The group met at the Albemarle County Office Building. The executive director of the Virginia Clean Cities Program Alleyn Harned says the alternative fuel only costs about $1 per gallon. There are already 1,300 natural gas vehicles in Virginia.

"We have range of fleet operators, so it is the people who will be driving cars - so delivery fleets, trash fleets, and even school transportation fleets - are here to learn about these options," Harned.

One of the main concerns is having a gas station where fleets can refill their vehicles. The workshop director says although the vehicles are more costly, the cheap gas prices help outweigh the total cost.

Large consumers, like UPS and Coca-Cola, are already testing out the clean fuel.

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