August 25, 2016 by NAFTC News
Morgantown, W.Va. — The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) conducted the sixth in a series of free Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training sessions taking place across the country on August 23-25. The free trainings are being held to rapidly introduce this material to technicians so they are able to safely and effectively maintain the increasing number of propane autogas vehicles in use.
Propane is a familiar fuel to most people, especially those who use it to heat their homes. However, due to propane’s lower emissions and cost benefits, growing numbers of fleets are turning to propane autogas to fuel their vehicles. As a result, in order for these fleets and vehicles to run smoothly, the automotive technicians who service them must be properly trained on propane autogas fueling systems.
To provide this training, the NAFTC partnered with the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC). This new propane autogas training gives automotive technicians an in-depth look at servicing and maintaining propane autogas-powered vehicles.
PERC Vice President of Education and Training Stuart Flatow explained, “PERC was thrilled to partner with the NAFTC to create a formal course for students. It has been exciting to watch students at training sessions in Georgia, Oklahoma, Oregon, North Carolina, and Ohio learn how to trouble-shoot and maintain these vehicles, and we are looking forward to continuing to conduct the training at other locations over the next several months.”
The training session was hosted by ICOM North America in New Hudson, MI. ICOM is a manufacturer of propane autogas fuel tanks, liquid propane injection systems, and supporting products.
“ICOM North America was pleased to support and host the autogas training. ICOM has enjoyed 12 years of overwhelming success in North America with over 25,000 vehicles utilizing the ICOM System technology in North America. We are pleased to have had over 350 million gallons of propane autogas used in ICOM Systems, greatly contributing to significantly reduced emissions and fuel costs for our fleet partners,” said Albert Venezio, chairman ICOM North America.
The NAFTC is the only nationwide training organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and expanding the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. The NAFTC is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.
NAFTC Director Bill Davis commented, “Our partnership with PERC allowed us to create a state-of-the-art Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training. Now we are working together to spread the training across the United States. The knowledge these technicians gain in learning to safely repair and maintain vehicles that run on propane autogas is critical to the success of the vehicles and their importance in reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.”
Participants in the three-day, entry-level propane autogas course obtained an in-depth understanding of servicing and maintaining these vehicles. The course included topics such as propane characteristics, fuel systems, vehicle compatibility, system components, and safety. The training is a technical course for professional, experienced automotive technicians and automotive trainers, seeking to learn about propane autogas vehicles.
Participants in the NAFTC Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training benefit from extensive hands-on activities in addition to classroom lectures. Credit: PERC.