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Industry Headlines


The past few weeks have been exciting for the alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle industry.

California residents can now start the process to order a 2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle by visiting its new website and filling out a questionnaire. Since production of the Toyota Mirai will be limited, vehicles will be placed with select eligible customers when they start arriving at dealerships in October.

The world’s largest cruise ship company—Carnival Cruise Line —announced plans to launch a cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Yellowstone National Park has partnered with Toyota to use recycled battery packs from hybrid cars to store solar power for its Lamar Buffalo Ranch.

Airbus Group’s E-Fan technology demonstrator became the world’s first all-electric two engine aircraft taking off by its own power to successfully cross the English Channel. The E-Fan’s flight of 46 miles between Lydd, England, and Calais in France was completed in 36 minutes.

Tesla announced a new “Ludicrous Mode” for its Model S P85. The new mode reduces the 0-60 MPH time to 2.8 seconds with a quarter mile time of 10.9 seconds. Tesla’s previous Insane Mode pushed the Model S Performance to 0 – 60 MPH in 3.2 seconds.

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NAFTC Updates


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Summer continues to be busy for the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC).

The NAFTC welcomed its first international members with the addition of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance.

NAFTC Director Bill Davis and Assistant Director – Communications and Outreach Judy Moore hosted a workshop during the West Virginia Pupil Transportation Conference to discuss propane use in school buses.

The NAFTC traveled to Saint Augustine, FL to host Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle and Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel System Instructor training at First Coast Technical College, an NAFTC National Training Center member. First Coast Technical College offered this training to participants representing the Jacksonville Transit Authority and St. Johns County.

As usual, the rest of the summer is anticipated to be busy also, with several training sessions scheduled over the next few months. For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the NAFTC Training Schedule.

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