The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) recently participated as a proud sponsor at the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) 2011 Annual Conference and Expo April 19-21 in Washington, D.C. The NAFTC hosted a display highlighting the Clean Cities Learning Program, the Advanced Electric Drive (AED) Vehicle Education Program and the biennial National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey.
The EDTA conference kicked off with a special Earth Week-inspired Innovation Motorcade featuring more than 20 advanced electric vehicles parading past Capitol Hill and through the streets of Washington, with the Honorable Steven Chu, secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), kicking off the event with a press conference. The Innovation Motorcade concluded by arriving at the Ride, Drive and Charge event near the Washington Convention Center, giving participants the opportunity to touch, drive and charge electric vehicles (EVs).
EDTA conference attendees also had the opportunity to participate in over 16 workshops, sessions, and panels; and had the opportunity to hear over 50 senior level speakers, including Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Ray H. LaHood.
Bill Davis, NAFTC Assistant Director of Operations, and Judy Moore, NAFTC Assistant Director of Communications and Outreach, presented a workshop focused on education and outreach of EVs, highlighting the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program (AED) for first responders, technicians, instructors, and others. Davis provided a detailed overview of the AED program and the many tools that provide information, educational opportunities and outreach activities for multiple audiences in educating America on next generation vehicles. Moore explained the various educational tools that have been developed by the NAFTC, such as curricula, videos and simulators.
The theme of the conference was “The Time is Now,” which reflected the shared sense of momentum and the tremendous opportunities in helping to electrify the transportation sector. This theme also shared the sense of urgency that was recently laid out in the Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future by the Obama Administration, aimed at reducing the amount of oil imported from around the world, strengthening the nation’s reliance on alternative fuels and energy efficiency technologies and growing the economy with an infusion of new clean energy jobs.
“The EDTA Conference provided an excellent opportunity for attendees and exhibitors to network and learn about the benefits of electric drive vehicles,” Moore noted. “More importantly, the conference supports the importance of these next generation automobiles by offering an annual event that creates an exchange of ideas, sharing lessons learned in the EV sector and successfully making these thoughts a reality in developing the electric drive infrastructure in all areas of the country.”
The EDTA represents battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure and also performs public policy advocacy, education, industry networking and international conferences. For more information about EDTA and its members, visit www.electricdrive.org. And, to see a recap of the 2011 EDTA Conference and Expo, take a look at the highlight video.