Now Is The Time To Learn About Natural Gas
“I’ve seen some fairly large commercial fleets start moving away from dealers because [the dealer] didn’t want to help them add natural gas trucks to their fleet,” adds Martin. “That’s happening. The OEMs are producing the trucks, but it’s the dealers that need to be there to help the customers understand them. When a customer has questions, the dealer has to be able to get them answers.”
In addition to your OEM, there are other organizations providing answers.
Clean Energy Fuels, the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation, the Natural Gas Vehicle Institute and Natural Gas Vehicles for America are among the national groups working to educate fleets, dealers and service providers about natural gas engines. All three are good resources to stay informed.
“We want to get people involved, and we want to provide basic guidelines about [natural gas vehicles and maintenance] that everyone can find and understand,” says Douglas Horne, president of the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation. “It’s all part of becoming a more mature industry.”
Creating guidelines and general instructions to follow isn’t new to the service industry, either, says Rick Mendoza, facility design manager for Clean Energy. “I am sure the industry went through this same progress and learning curve when diesel and gasoline were becoming popular fuels.
“This isn’t new. We are just taking what we know about these fuels and using the past lessons from those other fuels to make guidelines and let people know what they need to do.”
With the help of these businesses and organizations, you can be ready for the natural gas boom when it arrives in your service bay.