Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conference to Draw Leaders to DFW Airport

Conference scheduled for Feb 15-16, 2001 at DFW Airport.

Published: 13-Feb-2001

DALLAS/FORT WORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Texas, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading national and state airport managers and transportation administrators will meet Thursday and Friday, Feb. 15-16, 2001 to discuss the critical role commercial airports play in improving air quality through expanded use of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) at the Southwest Regional Airport AFV Conference, Sheraton Grand Hotel, DFW International Airport.

Hosted by DFW Airport and presented by Clean Airport Partnership, Inc. (CAP), a not-for-profit organization based in Lakewood, Colorado, the two-day conference focuses on the many types of AFVs-ranging from compact sedans to full-size buses powered by natural gas, electric, propane and other clean fuels-airports use to reduce air pollution and oil dependence.

"Our nation's airports are leading the development of AFV programs that reduce vehicle pollution and oil dependence," said Steven Howards, CAP executive director. "The conference not only will help airport managers improve air quality but provide guidance to airport fleets on how AFVs will save money through reduced fuel costs, engine wear and maintenance."

DFW Airport CEO Jeff Fegan will open the conference by announcing that the Airport recently purchased its 100th AFV and plans to add 400 more AFVs in the next few years.

"Our long-term goal is to convert the entire Airport fleet to clean-fuel engines by 2005," Fegan said. "The purchase of 400 additional AFVs not only will move us closer to achieving that goal, but make our AFV program a leader among world-class airports."

The conference features nationally recognized environmental, energy and transportation industry speakers and panelists. An array of AFVs used by airports and commercial businesses will be displayed in an indoor exhibit. Participants include airport managers, fleet and transit operators; air quality, energy and transportation administrators; and managers of AFV fleets from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arkansas.

In addition to Fegan's remarks, conferees will be welcomed by George Bush Intercontinental Airport Director Richard Vacar. The keynote speaker is Robert Baker, vice chairman, American Airlines. Other principal speakers include Ralph Marquez, commissioner, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission; Dennis Smith, special assistant, Clean Cities Program, U.S. Department of Energy; Brian Wier, president, Super-Shuttle International; Richard Shorling, president, American Livery Taxi Company; Roger Johnson, deputy executive director of Environmental Affairs, Los Angeles World Airports; Susan Ghertner, manager, AFV Programs, Texas Land Office; Doug Wheaton, fleet manager, Boston-Logan International Airport; Terry Henry, fleet manager, Denver International Airport; Greg Cooke, regional administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and John Bartosiewicz, general manager, Fort Worth Transportation Authority.

Representing DFW Airport as panel moderators will be James Crites, executive vice president, Airport Operations; and Rusty Hodapp, vice president, Airport Maintenance.

In addition to DFW Airport, other conference sponsors include American Airlines, American Honda Motor Company, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Texas General Land Office, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, TranStar Energy Company, U.S. Department of Energy/Clean Cities Program, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Clean Airport Partnership, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization established to help improve environmental quality at commercial airports, and to provide technical and strategic planning support on environmental issues associated with airport operations.

                    ABOUT CLEAN AIRPORT PARTNERSHIP, INC.

    --  Based in Lakewood, Colorado, Clean Airport Partnership, Inc. (CAP), is
        a national not-for-profit organization established to help improve
        environmental quality at commercial airports.  CAP also provides
        technical and strategic planning support on environmental issues
        associated with airport operations.

    --  CAP is funded through government agencies, foundations and the private
        sector including the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Dept. Of
        Energy, The Rockefeller Family Fund and other diverse interests.

    --  CAP works with airports, airlines, community groups,
        energy/environmental/transportation administrators and airport fleets
        to identify and implement cost effective strategies for improving
        energy efficiency and environmental quality.

    --  Since its founding in 1998, CAP has presented a variety of national
        and regional conferences on priority environmental issues.  For
        example, it has presented two national conferences and two regional
        conferences in cooperation with governmental and private sector
        entities throughout the U.S.

    --  The Feb. 15-16 Regional Airport Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV)
        Conference at DFW International Airport is the first in the Southwest
        and will be CAP's premier regional conference of 2001.

    --  200-300 attendees are expected at the Alternative Fuel Vehicle
        Conference at DFW International Airport.  Attendees will represent
        Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arkansas and even Santiago,
        Chile.

    --  CAP has produced a series of CD-ROMs on subjects such as AFVs and
        Airport Growth to help airport, governmental and private interests
        operate more efficiently and improve environmental quality.

    --  CAP also recently prepared a guidebook and fact sheet for the U.S.
        Dept. of Energy's Clean Cities Program on ways to expand AFV use at
        airports.

    --  CAP's web site is www.cleanairports.com


                      ABOUT DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT'S
                          ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES

    --  DFW Airport's long-term goal is to convert the entire Airport vehicle
        fleet to clean-fuel engines by 2005.

    --  By that date, DFW Airport anticipates that it will have
        500 alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and achieve a world-class ranking
        among the top 10 AFV airport fleets.

    --  Currently, the DFW Airport AFV fleet consists of 104 vehicles:
        13 buses operating on compressed natural gas (CNG), 32 pickups (CNG),
        15 pickups (CNG/gasoline), 3 parking vans (CNG), 3 passenger vans
        (CNG), 30 sedan cars (CNG), 2 hybrid cars (electric/gas), 2 customer
        service cars (electric) and 4 lawn mowers (CNG).

    --  With the recent purchase of 8 Ford Crown Victoria CNG police cars (the
        first low-emission police cars to be purchased by an airport in Texas)
        and 2 ambulances, the Airport's AFVs surpass 100.

    --  DFW Airport recently purchased the first Toyota Prius in the
        Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (and the first such vehicle at a Texas
        airport).  This 2001 model gas/electric hybrid car has a fuel
        efficiency of 40-50 mpg.

    --  Included among the 400 AFV vehicles on order at DFW Airport are four
        dump trucks (CNG) and one runway deicer (CNG).

    --  Supporting the Airport's on-site AFV program, American Airlines has
        240 electric-powered vehicles for Terminal B ramp operations, with an
        additional 230 electric tractors and 50 electric forklifts on order.
        Delta Airlines has two electric cargo tractors.

    --  The on-site United States Postal Service facility has 11 bi-fuel
        (gasoline and CNG) vans for ramp operations.

    --  Off-site Supper Shuttle International, the shared ride van service,
        has used AFVs since its arrival in the Dallas market 12 years ago.
        Approximately two thirds of its Dallas fleet are propane powered
        vehicles (nearly 50 vans).  The company uses AFVs nationwide.

    --  Noble Coaches and Limousines, which serves Airport customers, bought
        three CNG buses in late 2000.  These hold approximately 30 passengers
        and luggage.  Five additional CNG buses are on order for delivery this
        year.


                  TYPES OF ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES (AFVs)
                         AT DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Compressed natural gas (CNG) powered AFVs at the Airport range in size from a Honda Civic GX to a dump truck. As the name implies, this fuel is not a liquid but a vapor. The Airport has one onsite CNG fueling station with an additional station under construction and scheduled to be operational by May 2001. Included in this category are the first CNG Ford Crown Victoria police cars for operation at a Texas airport.

Bi-fuel vehicles operate on two types of fuels and have the ability to switch to the other fuel when one fuel tank empties. There are fuel combinations of gasoline, CNG and propane in these AFVs. DFW Airport uses a CNG and gasoline combination in 15 of its AFV pickup trucks.

Electric carts, cars and trucks run on batteries and need to be recharged at regular intervals. The Airport's GEM electric cars, made by Global Electric Motors of Fargo, North Dakota, are used in the customer service area and recharged after every shift change.

Hybrid vehicles use a combination of electric batteries, motor /generators and engines using gasoline. These vehicles substantially increase gasoline mileage and decrease emissions. Unlike dedicated electric vehicles, hybrids do not require recharging by plugging into an electric source. AFVs in this class include Toyota's Prius.

Two clean diesel ambulances were recently purchased by the Airport and are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency as low emission vehicles.

The advantages of using AFVs at D/FW Airport include across-the-board emission reductions and significant cost-savings achieved through lower fuel prices, reduced maintenance and extended engine life. The incremental costs of these vehicles (the difference in price between a conventional vehicle and the extra cost of an AFV) can be recovered within a few years (depending on the number of miles traveled per year).

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