NAFTC conducts light-duty natural gas vehicles course for North Central Texas Council of Governments

October 2, 2013. The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) conducted a Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles course at the North Central Texas Council of Governments in Dallas, Texas on August 13-15, 2013.

   The Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle course is a hands-on training designed for the professional technician or automotive student and covers safety, service procedures, vehicle systems, and the nature of gaseous fuels.

   The number of vehicles powered by natural gas is growing every year, with more than 14 million natural gas vehicles in use today, according to the U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center. Mandates, such as the Federal Energy Policy Act, require most large fleets to include alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in ever-growing numbers. In addition, with the recent resurgence of natural gas, many consumers are choosing to buy and drive light-duty or passenger vehicles powered by compressed natural gas.

   The AFV technician needs to know everything that is currently applicable to servicing automobiles, along with new technology to deal with the gaseous fuel system, engine, electronics, and exhaust. This course meets the needs of the technician, the employer, the fleet operator, and the training institution.

   The class in Dallas included twelve participants, who “were very happy to have the opportunity to receive training in Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles,” noted NAFTC Instructor Mark Schmidt.

   The NAFTC will conduct Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle courses October 21-23 and December 9-11.