SOURCE: CleanFUEL USA

CleanFUEL USA

February 23, 2010 10:00 ET

CleanFUEL USA Partners With Ferrellgas to Expand Propane Vehicle Refueling Stations Nationwide

First Stations in Dallas-Fort Worth, Followed by Select Locations in Austin, Chicago, Indianapolis, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio, St. Louis and Along I-10 Corridor in Louisiana

GEORGETOWN, TX--(Marketwire - February 23, 2010) -  CleanFUEL USA, a leader in alternative fuel dispensing equipment and engine technology, today announced it is partnering with one of the nation's largest distributors of propane, Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (NYSE: FGP), to increase the availability of propane engine fuel at retail refueling stations across the U.S. Part of the Clean Start initiative, the Department of Energy (DOE) awarded CleanFUEL USA $12.9 million to construct the nation's first and largest propane refueling network. Ferrellgas will support the station rollouts in 11 cities as the designated fuel partner.

Dallas-Fort Worth is the first location CleanFUEL USA and Ferrellgas are jointly targeting to develop 8-10 state-of-the-art propane refueling stations. The companies expect to break ground on the first Dallas-Fort Worth station in the third quarter of 2010, which will be followed with projects in Austin, Baton Rouge, Chicago, Indianapolis, Lake Charles, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio and St. Louis. Ferrellgas plays an essential role in the selected cities in helping to identify locations, submit permits, construct sites, train employees, provide fuel and maintain the systems ongoing.

"DFW is the fourth largest metro area in the country, and includes many school districts, municipal entities and private businesses operating fleet vehicles with propane," said Tony Dale, Ferrellgas National Director of Engine Fuels and Autogas. "Propane is the most widely used fuel after gasoline and diesel. Now CleanFUEL USA and Ferrellgas are making propane even more accessible to fleets and private users. This national fueling infrastructure project greatly enhances propane's reputation as the 'right now' cleaner-burning and more economical alternative fuel." 

Most commonly used for home heating, propane is gaining traction with fleets because of its inherent environmental qualities and cost-efficiencies compared to other petroleum-based fuels. It yields 87 percent less hydrocarbons and 50 percent fewer toxins than gasoline, and costs approximately 40-50 percent less per gallon than gasoline and diesel. With propane engine advancements, such as CleanFUEL USA's liquid propane injection system built for GM platforms using Icom's JTG technology (manufactured by Icom North America), fleets have attractive vehicle options that provide the best mix of driving range, durability and performance of any alternative fuel vehicle today. 

"The DOE awarded over $300 million to support alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles and infrastructure projects, including Clean Start. These projects will transform the nation's vehicle fleets, support job creation, improve the environment, and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil," said Pamela Burns, Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Co-Coordinator. "As a Clean Start project partner, we're excited to work with CleanFUEL USA and Ferrellgas in their efforts in reaching this goal by expanding the use of propane engine fuel."

CleanFUEL USA is hosting a propane education workshop today at North Central Texas Council of Governments, including a ride and drive for area fleet managers interested in previewing the latest propane vehicle technology and refueling infrastructure solutions. For details on the event agenda and other upcoming programs please visit www.thinkgreenthinkpropane.com

About Clean Start
The Clean Start initiative is led by Texas State Technical College and involves the installation of 184 public‐accessible liquid propane (Autogas) refueling stations and service/ training centers in select U.S. cities, with support from grant partners CleanFUEL USA and ConocoPhillips. Funded by the Department of Energy, the program will jump‐start the development of the nation's first large-scale Autogas refueling network for retail consumers as well as municipal, state and private fleets. It also supports the purchase of dedicated propane school buses and vehicles, and provides for an innovative outreach program for job training with the goal to certify unemployed auto technicians and U.S. military veterans in the growing alternative fuels industry.

About CleanFUEL USA
Founded in 1993, CleanFUEL USA is a recognized leader in certified and approved alternative fuel dispensing equipment for propane and E85. CleanFUEL USA is also a leader in the advancement of liquid propane injection systems for light to medium duty fleet vehicles using Icom's patented JTG technology and system. The company distributes OEM and aftermarket engine fuel systems, fleet management network services, and associated technical support, training and fuel contract services. CleanFUEL USA is a registered trademark of CleanFUEL Holdings, Inc. Headquartered in Georgetown, Texas, CleanFUEL USA has sales, engineering, and operations facilities in Michigan, California, Kansas and Florida as well as international offices in New Delhi, India and Buenos Aires, Argentina. www.cleanfuelusa.com

About Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.
Ferrellgas Partners, L.P, through its operating partnership, Ferrellgas, L.P., serves approximately one million customers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Ferrellgas employees indirectly own more than 20 million common units of the partnership through an employee stock ownership plan. More information about the partnership can be found online at www.ferrellgas.com.

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