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The 2015 Fuel Economy Guide for Car Buyers is Now Available

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2015 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with a valuable resource to help them choose the most fuel-efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs.



Biofuels Refinery Celebrates Grand Opening in Kansas

Recently, the Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas facility in Hugoton, Kansas celebrated its grand opening. The plant utilizes only “second generation” (2G) biomass feedstocks for ethanol production, meaning non-edible agricultural crop residues (such as stalks and leaves) that do not compete with food or feed grain. It is designed to produce up to 25 million gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol from non-edible corn stalks, stems and leaves, harvested within a 50-mile radius of the plant.



PERC Debuts Calculators to Help Compute ROI with Propane

In October, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) released a suite of cost calculator tools for customers in three of the industry’s fastest-growing markets: agriculture, commercial landscape, and on road fleets. The calculators estimate potential fuel savings and return on investment (ROI) with clean, American-made propane when compared with conventional fuels like gasoline and diesel.

For complete coverage of top alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle news, please refer to the left-hand column, where you will find a number of links leading to industry newsletters.


NAFTC Updates


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The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) exceeded its goal to have 100 sites celebrate National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey 2014. This October, the NAFTC held the seventh installment of Odyssey at 107 sites across the United States, and internationally in Mexico and South Africa. Preliminary results indicate that other event goals were once again surpassed, with an estimated event attendance of more than 250,000 individuals, and more than 100 million individuals reached through media.

Also, this year representatives from NAFTC headquarters traveled to support several Odyssey events and spread the event’s message of the importance of alternative fuel vehicles in driving toward a clean, secure energy future.

The NAFTC was recognized recently for it’s curricula and communications projects with two MarCom Awards, one platinum and one gold (plus an honorable mention), and an Automotive Training Manager’s Council National Excellence in Training Award.

Technicians from across the country traveled to NAFTC headquarters to participate in the ATMC award-winning Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training.

For a complete list of upcoming NAFTC events, visit the Training Schedule.