The Autogas Vehicle Inspection Grant Program offers an exceptional learning opportunity to students by leveraging PERC’s specialized curriculum, Propane Autogas Vehicle Inspection: Introduction for Automobile Service Technicians. This comprehensive course, designed to span one to two weeks with approximately 20 hours of instruction, aims to elevate the expertise of automotive professionals.
The primary goal of the grant program is to enhance the knowledge and skills of both current and future automotive professionals while exposing students to a broader range of career prospects post-graduation. Approved grant recipients stand to benefit from funding of up to $7,500, which can be allocated towards various essential purposes:
– Procurement of a new autogas-specific training board to bolster the training facility, valued at $5,000.
– Coverage of travel expenses for the class instructor to attend a mandatory training session on the curriculum, scheduled for June 5-6 at SEPATEC in Graham, NC.
– Promotion of the new class offering to attract potential students.
Upon acceptance into the program, recipients will receive a standardized training board aligned with the curriculum, along with digital versions of instructor tools, student workbooks, curriculum materials, and other pertinent resources from PERC.
This initiative is open to all educational institutions and career centers across the United States, including technical schools and community colleges, provided they are willing and equipped to integrate propane-specific content into their course offerings. Each eligible institution may apply for one grant, and funding is subject to availability.
Furthermore, the program seeks marketers to serve as advisors for participating schools within their communities. These advisors, acting as technical experts on autogas and engine technology, will undertake the following responsibilities:
– Provide guidance and assistance to instructors on propane-specific inquiries.
– Deliver informative presentations to classes about propane’s significance in their community, potential career paths in the propane industry, and its environmental implications.
– Ensure that the school maintains adherence to the prescribed curriculum.
Applications for the grant program will remain open until March 29th.
Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference – Raleigh, NC, August 14-16 2023
Providers and leaders in fleet technology assembled in Raleigh, NC, to share industry ideas, trends and strategies that improve sustainability of fleet operations.
Stuart Weidie, President and CEO of Alliance AutoGas, had two opportunities to present the significance of using propane autogas for vehicle fleets. With high attendance in both presentations, Advancements in Medium/Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Infrastructure & New Models for Fueling and Charging, Stuart was able to raise awareness of the uses autogas right now and for the future. He discussed the availability of vast vehicle platforms offered, easy deployment of infrastructure, and the approaching availability of renewable propane. Garnering many questions and comments, it was apparent that Stuart sparked the interest of those in attendance.
Michael Naglieri, Fleet Maintenance Manager with Davidson County Transportation, offered one of his vehicles at the conference to represent Alliance AutoGas. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, with an AAG bi-fuel system equipped, attracted many attendees to the vehicle. Michael knows and has seen the true results of using propane autogas for a transportation fleet, which truly resonated with others interested in learning more. Michael said his time at the conference was a great opportunity to raise awareness, “Using propane autogas is a solution that other fleet agencies can take advantage of right now. Being able to help the environment and increase fuel savings allows us to do many things we would not be able to do without the use of propane autogas. And working with Alliance AutoGas gives us a peace of mind that we are making a difference”.
The 2023 Green Fleet Awards, presented by The NAFA Fleet Management Association, recognized Alliance AutoGas customer Blossman Gas, Inc. as the #48 fleet in North America. The Green Fleet Awards recognizes peak-performing fleet sustainability efforts and honors fleets who have enhanced practices to make a positive impact on the environment. Blossman Gas, Inc. has implemented green initiatives and sustainability practices as an organization, while continuing to advocate the use of propane autogas as an alternative fuel. Another customer of Alliance AutoGas, Chesterfield County, VA, came in at #27. They were also awarded a special acknowledgement for their fleet as Best Fuel Technology Integration.
The Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program (CFI Program) is a new competitive grant program that will provide $2.5 billion over five years to communities across the country. The CFI Program will strategically deploy alternative fueling infrastructure supporting urban and rural areas alike, in addition to along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs). The program provides two funding categories of grants: Community Charging and Fueling Grants (Community Program) and Alternative Fuel Corridor Grants (Corridor Program).
Eligible Applicants consist of:
-State and local governments
-Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)
-Federally recognized Native American Indian Tribal governments
-Special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function
-State or local authority with ownership of publicly accessible transportation facilities
-An authority, agency, or instrumentality of, or an entity owned by, 1 or more entities listed above
-Private entities if contracted through a public entity
Eligible infrastructure must be publicly accessible. This includes parking facilities at public buildings, parks and schools, or publicly accessible parking facilities owned or managed by a private entity.
The program will not only reduce greenhouse gas and vehicle-related emissions, but also will improve the alternative fuel transportation network through the nation.