Guidance on transitioning fleets
OTTAWA: The Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance (CNGVA) has released a technical guideline to help fleet owners transition to natural gas. The new guideline gathers all of the required information in one place in order to simplify the process of making facilities safe for natural gas vehicle use. Fleets and vehicle dealers can take the guideline to their local technical expert to determine what modifications are needed for existing and proposed facilities in order to comply with existing regulations and to ensure the safe handling of natural gas vehicles.
“Ensuring the safe maintenance, storage, and loading of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles in indoor facilities is an important enabler for market development in Canada,” said Alicia Milner, CNGVA President. “Natural gas is a proven and safe fuel for transportation, but its properties are different than those of liquid fuels. These differences need to be understood and addressed in indoor facilities where vehicles are maintained, stored or loaded.”
The guideline is available free of charge and can be requested by contacting the CNGVA. A French language version of the guideline will also be made available in the coming months.
The technical guideline is the first of many capacity building activities being undertaken by industry and government to remove barriers to greater use of natural gas in Canada’s transportation sector. Addressing deployment needs is the goal of a joint industry-government initiative focused on implementing the recommendations of the Natural Gas Use in the Canadian Transportation Sector – Deployment Roadmap.