As the summer ends and the crisp, cool air of fall begins, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is enjoying the back-to-school season. Our training centers across the United States are back in regular session, and we are enthusiastic about the possibilities for new members among those we have met during our travels.
Welcome to our newest National Training Center member Tulsa Tech Broken Arrow Campus in Broken Arrow, Okla. Building upon an already strong alternative fuels program, Tulsa Tech Broken Arrow Campus will host a dedication ceremony Sept. 16 for its new training facility, which will house the transportation department and its alternative fuel courses. The event will include appearances by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, U.S. Congressman John Sullivan, keynote speaker T. Boone Pickens and others.
Other NAFTC Updates include reports on the recent Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program Advisory Committee meeting, Chevy Volt and Eaton charging infrastructure training at the members’ Professional Development Meeting, the release of the 2010 National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey Executive Summary and attendance at several industry conferences.
The latest Industry Headlines consist of Chesapeake Energy’s compressed natural gas (CNG) RV and its tour of the U.S., Los Angeles and Long Beach ports’ launch of the world’s first fuel cell truck, Walgreens’ installation of 800 charging stations across the country and President Obama’s plan to achieve a 54.5 mpg fuel efficiency standard by 2025.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of us at the NAFTC if we can be of assistance.
NAFTC Executive Director