Companies, consumers discuss benefits of alternative fuel vehicles

Alternative fuel vehicles at Tuesday's Clean Energy Roadshow. (Emily Swecker/ WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Companies and consumers learned about the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles and renewable energy on Tuesday morning.

At the Clean Energy Roadshow in Macon, Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols said the purpose of the annual event is to demonstrate how these vehicles reduce carbon emissions and save drivers money.

"Energy efficiency, alternative fuel, renewable energy is all about improving air quality and certainly that's important, but it also can reduce our costs. It allows us to use a locally grown fuel like Georgia electricity in electric cars instead of using some foreign product like a petroleum that we might export from the Middle East," Echols said.

Some European countries are aiming to be all-electric by 2040 or sooner and support for electric cars is growing in the United States as automakers deliver more models with longer range and lower prices.

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