Alternative Fuels Seminar to highlight CNG, propane, electric vehicles

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By Teresa Shishim
Special to The SUN

Fleet owners and managers, fueling station owners and business people are invited to attend the Archuleta County AFV (alternative-fuel vehicle) Seminar to learn about compressed natural gas (CNG), propane and electric-powered vehicles.

The seminar is set for 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14, at the Quality Inn downtown, 158 Hot Springs Blvd. The seminar is free; advance registration is encouraged.

Expert speakers will explain the economic and environmental benefits of switching to alternative fuels. They’ll present information on the newest alternative-fuel vehicles, from passenger cars to pickups to heavy-duty trucks, and explain the process to develop fueling stations for CNG, propane and electric.

Speakers are Sarah Rank, alternative fuel vehicle coordinator for 4CORE, Tom Markham of Roush CleanTech, Ron Risner of Morehart Murphy Auto Center in Durango and Colin Messer, alternative fuels consultant from New Mexico.

Rank will explain the tax credits and grants now available for businesses and governments for purchasing alternative-fuel vehicles and why 2015 and 2016 will be particularly good years to invest in alternative fuel vehicles.

The last 30 minutes of the seminar will move outdoors for a kick-the-tires demonstration of alternative-fuel vehicles, including a Roush CleanTech Ford propane pickup and a CNG-powered Honda Civic.

The seminar is hosted by 4CORE (Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency) and by Refuel Colorado Fleets, a statewide program that provides free fleet coaching and works to build market demand for alternative fuels. Kurt Schneider, interim director of 4CORE, will host and moderate the seminar.

To register for the free seminar, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/archuleta-county-afv-seminar-registration-16159215649.

For more information about the seminar or to get started with free fleet coaching, contact Rank at 259-1916, ext. 120, or sarah@fourcore.org.