Cross Country Automotive Services introduced a mobile propane-powered charger for electric vehicles at the 2011 AltCar Expo in Santa Monica, Calif. Propane "burns cleaner than gasoline and avoids significant weight to the service truck, thereby not impacting the truck's fuel efficiency," said Dave Ferrick, a senior vice president with the company. Cross Country will initially launch the technology in Nashville, Tenn., Portland, Ore., San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle.

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