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New initiative launches to support growing demand for alternative fuel vehicles

Knoxville, Tenn. – Although gas prices have recently dropped, interest in alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) remains high, with plug-in electric car sales for 2014 climbing more than 22 percent from a year earlier.

Recently, President Obama reminded the American public that gas prices will go back up again at some point and that fuel efficiency should remain an important factor in the vehicle purchasing process.

“We hope consumers really take President Obama’s recent remarks to heart,” said Kristy Keel-Blackmon of the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition. “We also want everyone to understand there are a number of benefits to purchasing an AFV outside of the fuel bill.”

Responding to the recent growth in this industry, the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition in a joint partnership with other Clean Cities coalitions announced today the launch of a new resource developed to assist consumers and businesses in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee in making better transportation decisions.

This joint effort, the Southeast Regional Alternative Fuels Market Initiatives Program (AFMI), provides consumers and fleets with a resource during and after the purchasing process, including information such as a ROI calculator, vehicle maintenance tips, environmental benefits, economic benefits and more.

“We’re excited to team with other Clean Cities coalitions around the southeast and provide a new resource for those interested in exploring alternatives to petroleum-based transportation,” said Keel-Blackmon. “The continued interest and growing demand in 2014 for alternative fuel vehicles has been great to watch and we’re hopeful this program will help steer more consumers and businesses toward the purchase of AFVs.”

According to recent statistics, Tennessee ranks in the top ten in terms of electric vehicles per total auto sales and is a leader in the southeast.

“More and more Tennessee residents are realizing the overall impact that purchasing an AFV will make not only on their wallet, but also the world around them,” added Keel-Blackmon.

For more information about the AFMI program visit www.afmi.cleancitiesgeorgia.org or East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition at www.etcleanfuels.org.

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About East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
The East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCleanFuels) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 working proactively with regional fleets and partners to reduce dependence on foreign oil and improve regional air quality and sustainability.

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