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By Jerry Askin Imagine saving $4,000 a year on gas and living in a society less dependent on foreign oil. Thursday, Chattanooga welcomed the Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow to town. The hope was to encourage people to purchase alternative vehicles to help our city Go Green.We're seeing more and more charging stations for electric cars in Chattanooga. CARTA's electric shuttles whiz people around downtown. They are all things many say are helping our city Go Green.Anything we can do to be more progressive as far as what's going on with the environment, and being a more green-minded city it works out for everybody, says Thom Demas.Demas says part of being a more green-minded city means cleaner air and using less foreign oil. That's why the Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow made it's way to our area today. In each case with what we've got here, propane, natural gas and electric vehicles, the fuel cost savings is substantial, says Johnathan Overly from the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Organization. Overly says buying an electric car, people actually save about 75% less on their fuel bills annually.You would probably save $3,000-$4,000 a year in fuel, says Overly. Alternative fuel vehicles cut down on gas expenses, but some say the initial investment in the vehicle is costly. But as we saw, newer technology is extending the miles you can go all electric.Thursday, we rode along in an alternative vehicle, a company car for Atlanta-based Force 911.It's really versatile, it's good for companies or municipalities that need a lot of range, says Amy McChesney from Force 911.The propane-fueled Chevrolet Silverado they're using is similar to what some law enforcement agencies are moving toward.It actually burns cleaner so they're engines last longer and they don't have to do as many oil changes either, says McChesney.The Alternative Fuel Show will be in Nashville and Memphis later in the month.
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