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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 14:08:52

The Compelling Case for Natural Gas Vehicles Workshop

Learn about all aspects of using natural gas vehicles in your fleet and how you can save money, the environment and help our nation achieve energy independence.

Thursday July 17, 2014
8:45 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

WNC Agricultural Center - Asheville
765 Boylston Highway
Boone Building
Fletcher, NC 28732

Public and private fleet, purchasing, energy and sustainability managers, natural gas industry representatives and others will benefit from this workshop.

Featured Presenter: Stephen Yborra
NGVAmerica and Clean Vehicle Education Foundation

As one of the top compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle experts in the U.S. and internationally, Stephe understands all aspects of the industry, particularly the business case elements of CNG projects.

Stephen Yborra will cover:

• NGV Market Drivers, Metrics, Trends and Projections
• Available Engines/Vehicles and Sales/Service Channels
• Component Costs of CNG
• Station Development/Ownership and O&M
• Best Applications and Why: Understanding Vehicle and Station Economics

The Workshop will also include Case Studies by fleets successfully using natural gas vehicles. Light and Heavy Duty Breakout sessions will feature NGV equipment and services representatives. Vehicles will be on display outside.

An afternoon tour will feature the PSNC Energy CNG fast fill station and AltechEco Energy NG Vehicle Conversion Facility.

Registration - $35 includes materials, lunch, refreshments, and the tour.


Hampton Inn at Asheville Airport and I-26
18 Rockwood Road, Fletcher NC 28732
Free shuttle service to/from Asheville Airport and to/from Western NC Ag Center
$149/night (Ask for NGV rate for July 16 arrival)


8:15 - 8:45
Registration and Coffee/ Danish: Get your badge and grab a cup of coffee and bite to eat while visiting vendors' displays and CNG vehicles outside.

8:45 - 9:00
Welcome Remarks and Introductions: Bill Eaker, LOS Clean Vehicles Coalition; Lee McElrath, PSNC Energy

9:00 - 10:45
The Compelling Case for NGVs in Public & Private Fleets - Stephe Yborra, NGVAmerica
  • NGV Market Drivers, Metrics, Trends and Projections
  • Available Engines/Vehicles and Sales/Service Channels
  • Component Costs of CNG
  • Station Development/Ownership and O&M Options including Shop Modifications
  • Best Applications and Why: Understanding Vehicle and Station Economics

10:45 - 11:15
Break: View Vendor Booths inside - Nat Gas Vehicles outside

11:15 - 12:30
  • Case Studies of Fleets Using NGVs
    City of Asheville -Mark Stevens, Fleet Manager: LD and HD Vehicles and Stations
  • Albright Sanitation - George Giesler, Owner: Refuse Trucks and Time-fill Station
  • Giant Eagle - Mike Lickert, Corporate Fleet Manager: Natural Gas in Grocery Distribution
  • Valley Proteins - Sandy Huggins, District Transportation Manager: 2014 CNG Kenworth Tractors

12:30 - 1:00
Box Lunch by Corner Kitchen and Overview of State and Federal Grant Sources - Bill Eaker

1:00 - 1:30
View Vendor Booths inside and Vehicles Outside

1:30 - 3:00
Wheels: Available light, medium and heavy duty NGVs and their sales-service channels. Two (2) Concurrent Breakout Sessions: Light and Heavy Duty Vehicles

Light Duty Breakout Session (Moderator - Stephe Yborra)

  • AltechEco Energy - Mike Kovulchak, R&D Supervisor
  • Ford Motor Co - Jon Coleman, Fleet Sustainability & Technology Manager
  • General Motors - Rene St. Hilaire, District Manager for Commercial Vehicles and Bob Mick, Product Trainer
  • Landi Renzo, USA - Barry Carr, Director of Business Development
  • IMPCO Automotive - Keith Fields, Business Development Mgr. and Joe Gordon
  • Westport - invited
  • AGA Systems - invited

Heavy Duty Breakout Session (Moderator- Lee McElrath)

  • American Power Group - invited
  • Cummins Westport - Bill Boyce, Eastern Regional Manager
  • Freightliner - James Haggai, Marketing Communications Manager
  • Landi Renzo - Barry Carr, Director of Business Development
  • Nat Gas Car - John Laine, Sales Manager
  • Kenworth - Jim Reeves and Nathan Whitaker

3:00 - 5:00
Tour of Natural Gas Facilities (Shuttles Provided)
PSNC CNG Fast Fill Station - Lee McElrath
AltechEco Energy Conversion Facility - AltechEco Rep

5:00 -
Return by Shuttle to WNC Ag Center or Stay for Reception at AltechEco Energy before shuttling back.

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