The propane industry wants to sell the public on propane-powered vehicles with a display and test drives at the State Fairgrounds.
The Propane Education & Research Council today is letting the public try out a pickup truck, school bus, platform truck and lawnmower -- all fueled with propane.
The trade group says that propane-fueled vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 19 percent over gasoline. The propane industry is hoping to capitalize on the growing interest in alternative-fuel cars that are powered by ethanol, biodiesel, natural gas and electricity.
In the past year, a number of groups have displayed alt-fuel cars in the Triangle and across the state.
Combustion engine vehicles can be retrofitted to run on propane with a kit that costs about $8,000. The mowers cost slightly more than a gasoline cutters.
The public display will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds' Exposition Center, accessible by Gate 11 off Blue Ridge Road.