Alternative Fuel Technologies

The Saddleback College Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technician Certification program is the leader in the area for delivering training that consists of the following:

  • Plug-in Electric Vehicle Technology
  • Hybrid Technology
  • Fuel Cell Technology and Hydrogen Technology
  • Compressed Natural Gas
  • Liquid Natural Gas
  • Liquid Petroleum Gas
  • Diesel Light Vehicles
  • Diesel Heavy Duty Vehicles

Alternative fuels and vehicles are here to stay and we prepare technicians to work on them. With the emphasis on reducing emissions and reducing our dependence on foreign oil supplies, we must develop new methods of powering our vehicles. Light/medium duty gaseous fueled vehicles are available from the manufacturers and the aftermarket industry now.

Gaseous Fuels are not new, but the fuel metering systems have become very sophisticated in order to meet California’s emission requirements. Fuel metering systems include Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Hydrogen, Methanol and other. Alternative fuel vehicles are available at local dealer showrooms and require that technicians be well versed in the complex computerized systems on today’s automobiles. Technicians must understand the relationship between the networked gaseous fuels computer, and the computerized engine management system on the vehicle.

The economic outlook for technicians in this area is excellent. All major fleets and vehicle manufacturers are looking for technicians with knowledge in the legal and safe operation and maintenance. Technicians will diagnose and repair alternative fueled vehicles, using the latest in computer skills and electronic testing equipment.

Reference Materials/Info

Videos

Alternative Fuel Technology Resources

California Hydrogen Business Council

California Hydrogen Highway

Clean Car Maps

Electric Auto Association

Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association

Fuel Cell Markets

Fuel Cell Today

National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Propane Education & Research Council

University of California Irvine (UCI) Combustion Laboratory

U.S. Dept. of Energy - Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center

University of California Irvine (UCI) Advanced Power & Energy Program

University of California Irvine (UCI) National Fuel Cell Research Center

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Stationary Fuel Cells

The California Energy Commission

Vehicle Technologies Program