The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, in partnership with the West Virginia Division of Energy Clean State Program and Ryder recently hosted a free Natural Gas and Propane Fleet Workshop at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Charleston, WV, including a tour of the new Ryder facility located in Dunbar, WV.

“The workshop continued a multi-year partnership between the W. VA. Division of Energy and NAFTC to share the news that natural gas works for West Virginia fleets,” said Kelly A. Bragg, coordinator of the WV Division of Energy Clean State Program.

The tour included multiple presentations about natural gas and propane, including an overview of the fuels from a fleet manager’s perspective, an update on the availability of the fuels in WV, and information on how to prepare your shop to maintain vehicles running on gaseous fuels.

“A bonus for participants was a first-hand look at Ryder’s impressive CNG-ready facility, a real-world example of a fleet making it happen,” said Bragg.

Representatives from the NAFTC, WV Division of Energy Clean State Program, and Ryder were available to answer questions at the workshop and tour.

With an intensified concern for the environment and increased availability of natural gas and propane in the Mountain State, fleet managers and industry professionals are asking about the benefits in converting their vehicles to make informed business and environmental decisions. During the tour of the new Ryder facility, industry professionals got the chance to learn why Ryder chose to convert to natural gas and how the change has impacted their fleet and facility.

The workshop was funded by the WV Division of Energy Clean State Program and sponsored by IGS CNG Services

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The natural gas and propane workshop included a tour of the new Ryder facility. Credit: West Virginia Division of Energy.

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Ryder personnel explained how the building was built and the services they provide. Credit: West Virginia Division of Energy.

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Workshop participants observed presentations where they learned about fleet managers’ experiences in transitioning to natural gas and propane vehicles. Credit: NAFTC.

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