Staff members from the NAFTC recently attended several worthwhile conferences focusing on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.
Executive Director Al Ebron and Assistant Director Communications Judy Moore participated in the exhibitions at the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) Conference and Annual Meeting January 26-28 in Washington, D.C. In collaboration with the Washington Auto Show, the event featured industry leaders who build advanced vehicles and fueling infrastructure for an electrified transportation sector. The conference, for which the NAFTC was a sponsor, offered an industry roadmap for an electric drive future and speakers who provided insight into the key technology and policy breakthroughs that will speed the transition away from oil and toward sustainable, domestic electricity.
In addition to the NAFTC exhibiting at the conference Ebron moderated a session on Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure.
Ebron and Business Operations Specialist Laura Tinney attended the EUEC Energy and Environment Conference and Expo February 1-4 in Phoenix, which brought together senior management professionals at the onset of an active year for energy and environmental policy, particularly with the proposed initiatives and legislation on climate change and renewable energy in the United States. EUEC was targeted toward energy and environment professionals wishing to network with experts from every major electric utility. Leading experts made about 500 presentations on cutting edge technologies and strategies concerning renewable energy and carbon management, and more than 2,000 delegates networked in a 200-company exhibit area.
During the EUEC conference, Ebron presented “Navigating the Learning Curve with Advanced Electric Drive Vehicles,” which detailed the NAFTC’s efforts to aid in educating students, pre-service and in-service automotive technicians, first responders and consumers about advanced electric drive vehicles. The presentation described the coordination required to successfully execute the components of the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program, which is funded by an electrification grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The initiative will provide curriculum development, training delivery, outreach to multiple audiences and a vehicle demonstration and simulation software tool.
NAFTC Assistant Director Curriculum Development Mark Olance accompanied Ebron to the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show including the Green Truck Summit, which was March 9-12 in St. Louis. Featuring new products, the NTEA Work Truck Show hosted more than 40 intensive training programs and provided technical engineering support from hundreds of exhibitors. The show also was home to product launches and innovations, with approximately 500,000 square feet of Class 18 vocational trucks and equipment, featuring truck chassis, truck bodies and equipment, snow and ice control equipment, cranes and aerial devices, lift gates and material handling equipment, components and parts.
Chicago was the site of the Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) Conference April 19-21, and Ebron represented the NAFTC at the event. Focusing on the latest information on automotive training, the ATMC conference offered presentations under the theme “Survival Strategies for Tough Times.” Topics included “Justifying the Cost of Training to Senior Management,” “Web 2.0 Technologies” and “Crisis Training.” Ebron is also on the Board of Directors at ATMC.
Finally, Moore exhibited, alongside the Clean Cities Program, at the NAFA Fleet Management Association Institute and Expo (I&E) April 24-26 in Detroit. With the goal of being a valuable networking, business and educational event in the fleet industry, the NAFA I&E featured an educational program developed by managers in every fleet segment, with sessions tackling the most pertinent, timely subjects. Other highlights included test drives, workshops and training sessions.