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CHICAGO CLEAN CITIES INITIATIVE TO ACCELERATE COMMERCIALIZATION OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS

 CHICAGO, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago Clean Cities program to be announced Thursday provides the important public-private partnership necessary to speed the commercialization and widespread use of clean alternative transportation fuels, Roger Turner, senior vice president of Alternative Transportation Fuels, Inc. (ATFI), said today.
 "This innovative partnership will accelerate the commercialization of alternative fuels and vehicles by providing an all-important framework to coordinate action on the part of government, vehicle manufacturers, fuel providers and consumers," said Turner.
 "Mayor Daley and the city of Chicago are to be commended for their leadership and participation in this program. It represents a major step forward in the effort to increase the availability and use of alternative fuels and bring about the benefits they provide: cleaner air, greater domestic energy security, economic development and jobs."
 ATFI, a full service alternative fuels marketer headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., is involved in the development and implementation of the Chicago Clean Cities program.
 Turner served on the Federal Fleet Conversion Task Force which recommended the creation of a Presidential Clean Cities Initiative to concentrate purchase and use of alternative fuels vehicles in targeted cities and regions across the nation. The task force, appointed by President Clinton last April, identified Chicago and 37 other cities and regions to receive priority funding for federal vehicle purchases, refueling and service infrastructure development.
 Turner said the Clean Cities Initiative's support for all alternative fuels on a "fuel neutral" basis is critical to ensuring the maximum use of all clean fuels.
 DecisionS regarding specific fuel use in Chicago and other target cities will be left to the individual fleet operators, and no available alternative fuel will be excluded from consideration. Fuel neutrality will enable market forces to determine the most efficient selection among available fuels and vehicles, according to Turner.
 "The important thing," he continued, "is to put in place the framework for the type of public and private sector cooperation that will bring about rapid growth in the use of clean fuels. The Chicago Clean Cities program does just that, and we're delighted to be part of this historic effort.
 ATFI ALTERNATIVE FUELED VEHICLES
 Alternative Transportation Fuels, Inc. (ATFI), of Oak Brook, is displaying five alternative fueled vehicles during the announcements of the Chicago Clean Cities program. The following vehicles, accompanied by experts in the field, are on display from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, near the news conference site in Arvey Field at the south end of Grant Park:
 Chrysler "Concept" Propane Fueled Dodge Ram Wagon
 This full-size Dodge Ram Wagon is demonstrating advanced propane technology in preparation for possible production in the 1995 model year of a propane-fueled vehicle. The wagon, equipped with a 5.2 liter V-8 engine, is helping evaluate leading concepts incorporating fuel tank designs, fuel metering systems and engine and emissions control technology.
 1994 Dodge B-Series Compressed Natural Gas Fueled Van
 This full-sized van operates on compressed natural gas. The van originally offered in 1992, retains the best features of conventional gasoline fuel injection systems, modified for efficient operation on CNG.
 1994 Flex-Fuel (Methanol/Gasoline) Dodge Spirit
 This "Flex-Fuel Vehicle" (FFV) can be operated on all methanol/gasoline combinations because its fuel system senses the percentage of methanol and automatically adjusts the vehicle computer for best performance. FFV development is focused on methanol fuel M85, a mixture of 85 percent methanol and 15 percent gasoline. But the car's special sensor will adjust to any mixture of gasoline or methanol fuel with virtually no difference in performance.
 1993 Variable Fuel (Ethanol/Methanol/Gasoline) Chevrolet Lumina
 The sedan is designed to provide high performance on either methanol, ethanol or gasoline or any blend of gasoline and methanol or ethanol. The fuel system is completely automatic, meaning there are no levers to pull or switches to push when you switch from one fuel to another. Just turn the key.
 1992 Propane Bi-Fueled (Propane/Gasoline) Pontiac Bonneville
 This vehicle demonstrates how a conventional gasoline fueled vehicle can be easily upgraded to run on alternative fuels such as propane. The 3.8 liter V6 engine delivers comparable performance -- with cleaner emissions and significantly reduced impact on the environment when operating on propane.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Alternative Transportation Fuels, Inc. (ATFI), of Oak Brook, will display five different alternative fuel vehicles during the announcement of the Chicago Clean Cities program. They include vehicles manufactured for use of propane, compressed natural gas, methanol and ethanol, as well as a conventional vehicle upgraded to use propane. The vehicles, accompanied by experts in the field, will be on display under the ATFI banner, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, near the news conference site in Arvey Field at the south end of Grant Park./
 /CONTACT: George Cornell for Alternative Transportation Fuels, 708-575-0575/


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