National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium Instructor Mark Schmidt recently spent several weeks traveling across the country conducting NAFTC training sessions.

First, he conducted a Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training in Indianapolis, IN. The three-day training was hosted by the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition. The NAFTC recently launched the new propane autogas training at the consortium business meeting in February.

Greater Indiana Clean Cities Executive Director Kellie Walsh commented, “The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium’s 3-day propane mechanics training was exactly what members of the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition needed. Having successfully worked with many of our member fleets to deploy propane work trucks, and with our Indiana State Energy Office to offer competitive funds for schools to buy propane buses, I felt a responsibility to also offer a way for these fleets to bring their vehicle technicians up to speed quickly. Covering a wide range of autogas fuel systems, the training offered hands on and classroom training equipping them with the knowledge to confidently service and maintain their growing fleet of trucks and buses”.

After the successful Indiana training, it was next off to McFarland, CA to conduct a Compressed Natural Gas Fuel System Inspector course and the Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training.

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Automotive Technicians in McFarland, CA study the components of an electric vehicle during the NAFTC Electric Drive Automotive Technician Training. Credit: NAFTC.

The city of McFarland hopes to utilize Ford F-150 natural gas trucks in their upcoming fleet purchase. In addition, the City hopes to utilize electric drive technology for indoor vehicle applications, due to the zero tailpipe emissions associated with electric drive.

“Cross-country” travel has some perks; McFarland, CA is home to the city featured in the film McFarland USA, based on a true story where a high-school athletic coach leads a group of students to be the best cross-country runners in the state. “There was a lot of pride in this small town in California.” Schmidt said.

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The McFarland, CA water tower showcases artwork depicting the CA state champion cross-country team. Credit: NAFTC.

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