The Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program is well underway as curricula, marketing materials and Odyssey planning are clearing the pathway to energy independence.


With the mission of “Educating America on Next Generation Vehicles,” the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program is funded by a $6.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This initiative will help accelerate the development of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) by providing information, educational opportunities and outreach activities for multiple audiences.

Featuring innovative elements such as Web-driven simulators and a vehicle simulation and demonstration tool, the curricula will target first responders, secondary school educators and students, charging infrastructure engineers and installers, automotive technicians and fleet operators.

“By using the curricula being developed under the AED grant, first responders will learn how to competently and safely handle accidents involving advanced electric drive vehicles,” said NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron. “Pre-service and in-service automotive technicians will learn how to troubleshoot and repair advanced electric drive vehicles.

“Secondary school students in automotive classes will be able to use lessons, developed as part of the AED curricula, that meet federal education standards for career and technology education,” he added. “Electric drive vehicle infrastructure designers, installers and maintenance personnel also will learn how to work on the electrical charging infrastructure that supports advanced electric drive vehicles.”

In addition, this year’s National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey is partially supported by AED funding. The grant will provide 50 event sites and 25 secondary school sites with reimbursements for their efforts.

“Odyssey support is one of the five goals of the AED grant,” Ebron explained. “This year, Odyssey events will focus on advanced electric drive vehicles and how they will aid in providing cleaner transportation, saving energy, decreasing dependence on petroleum and saving the planet.”

Meanwhile, the AED 101 Toolkit, which will contain the AED 101 video along with other consumer-friendly educational materials, will be available on DVD as well as on the project Website.

“The AED 101 Toolkit offers information about advanced electric drive vehicles and related infrastructure to consumers, government officials, fleet managers and code and construction permitting officials,” Ebron added. “Consumers and fleet managers will find the materials beneficial when considering the purchase of advanced electric drive vehicles.”

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