Representatives from the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium recently attended the U.S. Department of Energy’s Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting to discuss the accomplishments of two major awards.

Held May 9-13 in Washington, D.C., the 2011 event highlighted hydrogen, fuel cell and advanced technology vehicle projects that are reviewed for their merit. The NAFTC presented posters on two of its DOE-grants – the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education (AEDVE) Program and the Clean Cities Learning Program (CCLP).

NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron, Assistant Director of Communications and Outreach Judy Moore and Project Manager Amy Gandy participated in the meeting, which was hosted by the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Program.

Ebron noted that the recent Merit Review is an excellent opportunity for awardees to demonstrate the positive educational impact their programs are having.

“The goal of the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program has always been to provide education and workforce training to researchers, technicians and service providers and to conduct consumer education to accelerate the transition to advanced technology vehicles and batteries,” Ebron said. “With the Clean Cities Learning Program, the NAFTC has been increasing availability and awareness of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles while training Clean Cities coordinators, technicians, first responders and instructors.”

Highlights of the AEDVE poster included the development of four curricula and the expansion of National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey.

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NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron and Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program Project Manager Amy Gandy stand in front of the program poster at the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting. Credit: NAFTC

In addition, the CCLP poster featured reports on the development of the First Responder Safety Training and Petroleum Reduction Technologies curricula, execution of a communications and marketing plan and augmentation of Odyssey.

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NAFTC Assistant Director of Communications and Outreach Judy Moore and Executive Director Al Ebron display the Clean Cities Learning Program poster at the Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting. Credit: NAFTC




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