National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) Assistant Director of Operations Bill Davis and Assistant Director of Communications and Outreach Judy Moore presented at the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) 2011 Annual Conference and Expo April 19-21 in Washington, D.C.
Topics covered during the presentations included electric vehicle infrastructure, deployment of new vehicles, education and outreach surrounding electric vehicles, global mobility of electric vehicles in “megacities,” electric vehicle roll-out issues, qualifications and training of service technicians and first responders, advances in fuel cell technology, breakthroughs in battery development and benefits of using the smart grid. Sessions also reported on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program.
During the April 19 Education and Outreach Workshop, panelists provided overviews about broad-based educational and outreach programs, such as the EDTA’s National Plug-In Vehicle Initiative (NPVI) and the NAFTC’s Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program. Presenters included Robert Graham, Advanced Technology, TDBU, Southern California Edison; Chelsea Sexton, founder of the Lightning Rod Foundation; Mike Rowand, director, Advanced Customer Technologies, Duke Energy; and moderator Terry Johnson, director, National Plug-In Vehicle Initiative, EDTA; along with the NAFTC’s Davis and Moore.
The main focus of Davis and Moore’s presentation highlighted the Advanced Electric Drive (AED) Vehicle Education Program, which is funded by the U.S. DOE, and its educational components for first responders, automotive and infrastructure technicians, teachers and students. Moore provided workshop participants with an overview of the NAFTC’s mission, history, curriculum development services, National Training Center partners, training, education and outreach and program management.
Davis provided a detailed overview of the AED program and the many tools that offer information, educational opportunities and outreach activities for multiple audiences in educating America on next generation vehicles. Davis shared details about the unique Career and Technology Education Training materials that the AED program offers such as the Quick Reference Guide for first responders, mobile phone application, simulation tools, online courses, animations and training videos. Davis concluded the presentation with the AED 101 video.
The NAFTC also hosted a display in the exhibit area highlighting the Clean Cities Learning Program, the AED Program and the biennial National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey.
“This workshop was a great success,” Moore noted. “Many attendees spoke to us throughout the three-day conference, inquiring about the training we are conducting and requesting more information about the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program.”
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.
To learn more about the NAFTC’s Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program, go to http://aedve.info. 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.