The use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) was a main agenda topic at the 2015 West Virginia Agency Fleet Coordinator Seminar. The seminar was attended by 53 fleet managers representing 34 different state government agencies in WV. AFV speakers included the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), WV Clean State Program, and IGS CNG Services.
Over the past few years, representatives within the alternative fuel vehicle industry have worked to build a solid alternative fuel infrastructure in West Virginia. As a result of their successes the state government has added alternative fuel vehicles to the available government contract options for vehicle purchases. This allowed the discussion of the topic on this year’s seminar agenda.
An additional number of topics were covered during the seminar from fueling and maintenance to defensive driving and ordering of vehicles.
The 2015 West Virginia Agency Fleet Coordinator Seminar was attended by fleet managers from agencies throughout the state. Credit: NAFTC.
NAFTC Assistant Director Communications and Outreach Judy Moore delivered a presentation on the NAFTC and its mission and activities and the economic, health, environmental, and energy security benefits of alternative fuel vehicles. The presentation also covered U.S. oil consumption and CAFE standards, consumer acceptance, and an overview of the different alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, focusing on those available for purchase on the state contract.
“Yes. There is an upfront cost to converting fleets to alternative fuel vehicles. However, if you factor in what you are doing for our country’s energy security, our economy – by providing jobs, and creating a better environment for our future generations those up charges become less significant,” said Moore.
CNG Business Development Manager at IGS Energy – CNG Services TJ Meadows talked about the benefits of CNG use economically and environmentally. He stated that CNG use reduces carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30%, carbon monoxide emissions up to 75%, nitrogen oxide emissions by approximately 50%, and reduces up to 90% of particulate matter emissions.
West Virginia Clean State Program Coordinator Kelly Bragg focused her points on how the fuel economy is also dependent on the driver, the vehicle’s maintenance and road conditions. The presentation also included fuel economy information for fleets, outlining how if they choose to bypass alternative fuel vehicles they can still reduce fueling costs by training fleets to use specific driving techniques to improve fuel economy.
Director of the WV Fleet Management Office Kenny Yoakum stated, “This year Fleet tried something new by allowing some guest speakers to educate the attendees on alternative fuel vehicles. The Department of Administration has done a great job of providing alternative fuel vehicles on the statewide contract, but to date not many agencies have ordered alternative vehicles.”
He continued, “The goal is to get agencies to acquire some alternative vehicles where it makes economic sense in an effort to hedge against unknown future foreign oil prices.”
Following the presentations, attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about alternative fuel vehicles, their maintenance needs, and performance.
West Virginia Clean State Program Coordinator Kelly Bragg talks on the importance of reducing costs to your fleet by driving smarter. Credit: NAFTC.