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As usual, the month of April was a busy one in the alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle industry. Alternative fuel vehicles and the fuels themselves continued to become easier to access, several fleets added or increased the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, and one report revealed that propane use is expected to continue to grow. Find out more about top industry headlines in our monthly headlines summary below.
Tesla offered a new way to purchase a Tesla vehicle – perhaps at a significant savings. After a soft launch earlier this year, the Tesla Motors Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program officially launched with a special page to the Tesla website with their Certified Pre-Owned program.
Fueling retailer Kum & Go announced that it will offer E15 at its station in Windsor Heights, Iowa, starting April 30. The station will be the first of 65 stations across seven states where the retail chain plans to make E15 available over the next two years.
Several fleets increased their alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle use this month.
Uber has leased 25 Build Your Dreams (BYD) e6 electric crossovers for testing purposes in Chicago, and that number could soon expand to some 200 EVs if the pilot program proves successful.
UPS already operates one of the largest natural gas vehicle (NGV) fleets in the world, and the company’s investment in this alternative fuel technology is growing. Recently the company announced plans to more than double its U.S.-based NGV fleet.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees all transportation in the city, has taken delivery of its first New Flyer Industries electric trolley and biodiesel-electric hybrid buses. These two state-of-art buses represent the next phase of upgrades for SFMTA’s aging vehicle fleet. Sixty brand new electric trolley buses will replace buses that have been in operation for over two decades.
The state of Hawaii is committed to converting all of its diesel fuel equipment and vehicles to a fuel blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel, the head of the state Department of Transportation said.
And – according to research the future looks bright for propane use. Transparency Market Research has released a new market report titled Propane Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth Trends and Forecast 2014 – 2022. According to the report, the global propane market was valued at USD 114.44 billion in 2013 and is likely to reach USD 145.82 billion by 2022, expanding at a CAGR of 3.56% between 2014 and 2022.
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The past few weeks have also been busy ones for the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC).
The NAFTC hosted a Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle train-the-trainer course and the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle Fuel System Inspector train-the-trainer course. Staff members from First Coast Technical College (FCTC), who recently joined the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) as a National Training Center member, attended the training.
Last month, National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) Director Bill Davis attended a meeting of alternative fuel vehicle industry leaders to strategize about the advancement of propane autogas as a vehicle fuel. The meeting, hosted by Blossman, Inc., pulled together a panel of leaders in the alternative fuel vehicle industry to discuss the future of propane autogas, share the work that Blossman has been doing to advance propane, and to ask for input to grow market share in the automotive industry.
The NAFTC also participated in the Monongalia County Schools Eighth Grade Career Fair hosted by Monongalia County Technical Education Center (MTEC). Members of the NAFTC staff spoke to students about careers in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, and answered questions about how electric and hybrid cars work and how they decrease our dependence on foreign oil.
Last week, the NAFTC partnered in the Earth Day Event hosted by the West Virginia University (WVU) EcoCAR 3 Team. The event took place at the WVU student union, at the Mountainlair, and featured display vehicles and informational tables.
The NAFTC will continue to be busy as the weather warms up. We have several trainings scheduled for the next few months. For a complete list of upcoming NAFTC events, visit the Training Schedule.
For a complete list of upcoming NAFTC events, visit the Training Schedule.