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Level 1: Hydrogen Vehicle Essentials and Safety Practices

Hydrogen is a unique fuel source that can be used to power vehicles. When compared to liquid fuels such as gasoline or diesel, its gaseous state gives it unique properties.  Like natural gas-powered vehicles, hydrogen gas is stored in a compressed form on board vehicles.   

Due to the high-pressures of compressed gas storage and fuel systems on a hydrogen vehicles, there are stringent and rigorous safety standards that those who work on or around the vehicles must know and apply.  These include unique hazards that require specific safety procedures for maintenance and repair.



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Who Should Attend?

  • Technicians who will perform basic preventive maintenance on hydrogen vehicles.
  • Technicians who will perform mandated CHG fuel system inspections.
  • Technicians who will perform hydrogen vehicle diagnostics and repairs.
  • All employees involved in hydrogen fleet operations.
  • Fleet or dealer service managers and supervisors
  • Corporate/agency safety managers
  • Risk management staff

Course Objectives

  • Explain properties and characteristics of hydrogen gas.
  • Compare hydrogen gas to other common fuel sources.
  • Recognize fuel system components.
  • Describe fuel system components’ specialized operations and safety features.
  • Distinguish between types of hydrogen powered vehicles.
  • Apply safety precautions and techniques when servicing hydrogen vehicles.
  • Outline hydrogen fueling station equipment, safety devices and fueling procedures.
  • Choose safe defueling methods and their related safety precautions.

Course Outline

Module 1 Properties and Characteristics of Hydrogen
Module 2 Hydrogen Vehicle Propulsion Systems
Module 3 High-Pressure Fuel System Components
Module 4 Low-Pressure Fuel System Components
Module 5 Vehicle Maintenance Safety Practices and Procedures
Module 6 Hydrogen Fueling Station Safety Systems and Practices
Module 7 Depressurizing, Defueling, and Purging Hydrogen Vehicles

Educators/Trainers/Field Service Representatives

Instructional staff members of colleges, universities, private training organizations, fleets, dealers or manufacturers are not candidates for this course, but have numerous options for bringing AFVi’s training classes to their campuses or facilities. For more information, contact us at 800-510-6484.