The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium was represented at the National Truck Equipment Association’s Work Truck Show, which also featured the Green Truck Summit.

NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron, Assistant Director – Communications and Outreach Judy Moore and National Instructor Mark Schmidt attended the event March 7-10 in Indianapolis and exhibited materials from the Advanced Electric Drive (AED) Vehicle Education Program and the Clean Cities Learning Program (CCLP), both of which are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

“The Work Truck Show and the Green Truck Summit were excellent opportunities to meet industry colleagues who are committed to making their fleets as environmentally friendly as possible,” Ebron commented. “I always enjoy seeing new ‘green’ products, and this event gave us the chance to learn about modern technologies that will have a positive impact on heavy-duty alternative fuel vehicles.”

Featuring new products, training programs and technical engineering support from exhibitors, the Work Truck Show offers attendees the opportunity to interact with industry peers; meet with current suppliers; get answers to technical questions; experience special events; and visit with exhibiting companies.

“One of the highlights of the Work Truck Show activities was displaying and promoting the NAFTC’s two largest, U.S. DOE-funded programs – AED and CCLP,” Moore noted. “We had flyers and curricula available for fleet operators, industry representatives and educators to see, and it was exciting to inform them about these two programs, which provide tremendous opportunities for those groups to excel in the alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle industry.”

NAFTC National Instructor Mark Schmidt

NAFTC National Instructor Mark Schmidt, left, discusses curricula and training opportunities with Work Truck Show attendees. Credit: NAFTC

According to the Work Truck Show website, the 2011 event saw more than 10,000 attendees, 562 exhibitors, 86 new product launches, 49 green products and 683 Green Truck Summit attendees. Produced in partnership with CALSTART, the day-and-a-half Green Truck Summit covered the application of green technologies and how they impact commercial trucks.

In addition, the events featured components that addressed today’s growing interest and demand for hybrid vehicles and alternative fuel technology, including the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive, CALSTART Clean Technology and Fuels Pavilion, hybrid and alternative fuel curriculum, Green Product Showcase and the Work Truck Show Green Award.

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