Dear members, colleagues and friends:

Al in propane car

As the summer continues, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is preparing for its upcoming members’ Professional Development Meeting, which is scheduled for July 27-29 at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine. We are extremely excited about this event because it will feature training on the Chevrolet Volt as well as Eaton’s Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations. After recent visits to both the General Motors plant where the Volt is made and Eaton’s manufacturing facility that produces the charging infrastructure, I can tell you that both of these companies are creating stellar products. If you are a member of our consortium, you will not want to miss this opportunity. To register for the meeting or for more information about becoming a member, contact NAFTC Business Operations Specialist Laura Tinney.

Welcome to our newest National Training Center (NTC) members – Community College of Allegheny County – North Campus in Pittsburgh and Alfred State College in Wellsville, N.Y. Other NAFTC Updates include President Barack Obama’s visit to Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), one of our NTCs; the NAFTC’s participation in the Eaton Certified Contractor Network for Electric Vehicles Certification Class; the Clean Cities Learning Program First Responder Safety Training Train-the-Trainer workshop, co-hosted by the NAFTC and Clean Cities Coachella Valley Region; and Monongalia County Technical Education Center’s attendance at EV Challenge.

The latest Industry Headlines consist of the 2012 Volt’s availability in all 50 states, NASCAR’s use of ethanol, the U.S. Air Force’s testing of biofuel blends and the welcoming of the compressed natural gas (CNG) Ford Transit Connect taxi in cities across America.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of us at the NAFTC if we can be of assistance.


Al Ebron
NAFTC Executive Director

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