Fleet managers and vendors from around the state came together on Wednesday November, 15th to learn about the benefits of Natural Gas vehicles (NGVs). The conference, “Natural Gas Vehicles, – The Here and Now Technology”, was well attended and feature discussions on everything from the history of natural gas as a fuel to best practices of using NGVs.
The purpose of the conference was to introduce natural gas technology to the individuals responsible for purchasing and maintaining municipal fleet vehicles.
“Many municipal fleets currently operate off of diesel which is expensive, dirty, and in many cases requires more maintenance than their NGV counterparts” said Michelle McCutcheon-Schour, Vermont Clean Cities Program Coordinator, “Switching to alternative fuels can seem very daunting to fleet managers and we wanted to dispel some of the myths, provide up to date information, and show how easy it can be.”
Currently in the Burlington area CNG is used by the UVM on campus transportation system CATS , Vermont Gas, and the Burlington Department of Public Works with many local fleets considering CNG. The conference provided fleet managers the chance to meet with their counterparts and industry experts to learn and discuss natural gas fuel technology.
Wednesday’s event was sponsored by Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. G, hosted by Vermont Clean Cities and the New England Regional Clean Cities Coalition, The event was funded through a Department of Energy Grant “Removing Barriers, Implementing Policies and Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets In New England”. On April 12th a training will be provided to first responders on how to handle emergencies involving vehicles powered by gaseous fuels as part of this informational series and funded by the same grant.
For information on these events or questions relating to alternative fuel options for fleet vehicle, contact the Vermont Clean Cities Coordinator Michelle McCutcheon-Schour at 802-656-9864 or by email at mmccutch@uvm.
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