The growing interest in the use of natural gas vehicles in Canada over the past few years has stimulated Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi), a ASE CASE-accredited provider of technical training for the CNG and LNG industry in North America, to bring its award winning NGV technician training as a public offering for the first time to Toronto. NGVi will offer NGV Essentials and Safety Practices on March 15 and CNG Fuel System Inspector Training on March 16-17. Both classes will be held at Toronto’s Centennial College.
According to Natural Resources Canada, the number of NGVs in the country has increased from 14,000 to more than 20,000 in the past three years.
Since 2012, NGVi has provided training for more than 15 Canadian companies. “We have been excited to see the progress of the Canadian natural gas vehicle industry in the last few years,” said Leo Thomason, Executive Director of NGVi. “As more fleets convert to natural gas, fully-accredited training for vehicle technicians is the first thing fleet and dealership owners need to consider. We are very pleased to begin offering our technician training for open enrollment publicly in Canada.”
There are several reasons for the NGV market growth in Canada: the country’s estimated available natural gas supply of approximately 100 years, NGV availability from manufacturers such as Volvo, Mack, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Freightliner, NABI, and New Flyer, along with the operating and economic advantages of natural gas. There have been many new developments implemented among transit, refuse, and highway tractor fleets over the past several years. The list of commercial fleets switching to
NGVs in Canada is impressive and growing, and includes Waste Management, Emterra Environmental, Progressive Waste Solutions, EBI, Calgary Transit, Nanaimo Transit, Robert Transport, Cold Star Freight, and many more.
NGVi’s NGV Essentials and Safety Practices, which is designed for all technicians and support teams performing routine maintenance, inspection, diagnostic and repair of natural gas vehicles, teaches the fundamentals of natural gas used specifically as a transportation fuel, CNG and LNG fuel systems and maintenance practices for NGVs. The course is prerequisite for technicians who also will take NGVi’s CNG Fuel System Inspector Training or NGV Heavy-Duty Maintenance and Diagnostics Training. CNG
Fuel System Inspector Training helps ensure fleet technicians are adequately trained on the entire process of fuel system inspection, all related components, and safety practices specific to NGVs.