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TWO ENVIRONMENTALLY BENEFICIAL VEHICLES TO PARTICIPATE IN THRIFT DRUG CLASSIC BICYCLE RACE

 TWO ENVIRONMENTALLY BENEFICIAL VEHICLES
 TO PARTICIPATE IN THRIFT DRUG CLASSIC BICYCLE RACE
 PITTSBURGH, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- No one can doubt that competitors will be operating environmentally beneficial vehicles May 24 for the Thrift Drug Classic bicycle race, but another type of environmentally clean vehicle also will be on the streets, Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV) provided by Equitable Gas.
 Equitable has teamed up with Pittsburgh's premier cycling event to give the public a glimpse of the benefits of using natural gas as a motor vehicle fuel in place of gasoline or diesel. The local utility will provide the race with NGVs for everything from assisting competitors who are forced to drop out of the race to transporting reporters and officials around the race course.
 The natural gas used to fuel these NGVs is the same fuel used to heat homes during the winter and cook food. As part of the weekend cycling event, during the cycling expo to be held at Station Square May 23, Equitable will cook foods on a natural gas grill fueled from the tank of a Chevrolet Lumina van powered by natural gas. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the many benefits of NGVs.
 Several local municipalities and industries are already enjoying the benefits of NGVs, the company said. Among the environmental benefits of natural gas as a motor vehicle fuel is that it is lead free and significantly reduces air pollutants. Using natural gas in place of gasoline reduces a vehicle's carbon monoxide and reactive hydrocarbon emissions, which form ground-level ozone, the main ingredient in smog, by 90 percent; reduces carbon dioxide emissions, the main "greenhouse" gas by 30 percent; and reduces particulate emissions by 99 percent.
 Another benefit of NGVs is that they use a domestically produced fuel. Ninety-three percent of the natural gas used in the United States is produced domestically. Natural gas also has a higher octane rating than most gasolines, with a rating of 130, which means greater engine efficiency.
 Equitable has worked with a number of Pittsburgh-area organizations. Among those using NGVs are: the Port Authority of Allegheny County, which is operating five natural gas-powered buses on regular transit routes; the City of Pittsburgh, with two natural gas-fueled vans; the City of McKeesport, with 18 police cars and support vehicles; the Allegheny County Health Department, with nine sedans; Ross Township, with four police cars and four dump trucks; Iron City Industrial Laundry, with seven delivery vans; the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, with three pick-up trucks; the Borough of Franklin Park, with four trucks; Q-DOT, Inc., with two vans; and Triangle Messenger Service, with six pick-up trucks.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Stack of Equitable Gas, 412-553-5808/ CO: Equitable Gas ST: Pennsylvania IN: OIL UTI TRN SU: PDT


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