It has been another exciting month in the alternative fuel vehicles industry. Eight states pledged to increase the number of electric vehicles on U.S. roadways and to develop the nation’s charging infrastructure.
Several new alternative fuel and electric drive vehicles have been announced, including a bi-fuel version of the 2015 Chevy Impala, a 2014 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid and Ferrari’s first road-legal hybrid, the LaFerrari.
Also in the past few weeks, researchers have created new ways to fuel vehicles. A new catalyst that can be used in fuel cells using gelatin—the protein that is used to make jelly desserts—is undergoing testing. Also, workers are fine-tuning a new device that harnesses sunlight and sewage to produce hydrogen fuel.
We have provided an overview of the Propane Education & Research Council’s (PERC’s) summer donation of six propane-powered lawnmowers to the National Mall and Memorial Parks to cut grass and greenhouse emissions.
And, a company based in New York City—HEVO Power—has designed wireless EV chargers that blend into a more urban environment in a unique way: they resemble manholes.
The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) recently won several awards for exemplary projects in training, outreach, marketing, and communications, including a National Excellence in Training Award from the Automotive Training Manager’s Council and four Marcom Awards three Platinum and one Gold.
As part of the West Virginia Clean State Program Stakeholder Meeting the NAFTC recently toured a CNG fueling station in Bridgeport, WV. At NAFTC Headquarters, a group of executives from the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Business and Economics Center for Chinese Business toured the facilities.
In addition, the NAFTC recently conducted First Responder Safety Trainings in Old Bethpage, NY and an Electric Drive Automotive Technician Training at Vale High School in Vale, OR.
For a complete list of upcoming trainings, visit the NAFTC Training Schedule.