April has been an exciting month for the NAFTC! The eNews now has its own site naftcenews.wvu.edu and an RSS feed that allows you to get more frequent news updates from us. Please subscribe to the feed and consider sharing your favorite stories by clicking on the “Share This” icon at the bottom of every eNews article.
In this issue, you will notice that the buzz surrounding alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles continues to grow louder, thanks in part to President Obama’s recent introduction of his administration’s Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future. The plan focuses on lessening the amount of oil imported from around the world, improving the nation’s reliance on alternative fuels and energy efficiency technologies and growing the economy with new clean energy jobs. The NAFTC’s Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, aligns with the President’s energy plan, part of which includes his goal of having “one million electric vehicles on our roads by 2015.” By continuing to provide electric drive vehicle education and training to first responders, technicians, teachers, students, engineers and others, the President’s goal will become a reality.
Another organization that is concerned with the mainstream success of electric drive vehicles is the American National Standards Institute, which hosted a workshop entitled Standards and Codes for Electric Drive Vehicles April 5-6 in Bethesda, Maryland, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Idaho National Laboratory. This workshop was convened to facilitate the successful introduction and wide-spread acceptance and deployment of electric drive vehicles. I was excited to attend this workshop and honored to make a presentation, and I look forward to the seeing the discussions and teamwork continue to help with the full implementation of electric drive vehicles across the country.
Other NAFTC Updates include reports on the Automotive Training Managers Council Conference and a Pittsburgh partnership that will create a new National Training Center. In addition, congratulations and welcome to Chicago Vocational School’s Neva Street campus, our newest member of the consortium!
I also encourage you to check out the latest Industry Headlines, such as the EPA’s update of fuel conversion system regulations, Mitsubishi’s launch of electric vehicles in four states and Ryder’s achievement of a key alternative fuels milestone.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of us at the NAFTC if we can be of assistance. We look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions about the new features on our eNews site!
NAFTC Executive Director