National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) Executive Director Al Ebron recently spoke to stakeholders with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) during the coalition’s semi-annual meeting.

Held Sept. 16, the event occurred at Community College of Allegheny County’s West Hills Center, a National Training Center member of the NAFTC.

Ebron’s presentation focused on first responder safety training available through two of the NAFTC’s U.S. Department of Energy-funded projects, the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program and the Clean Cities Learning Program.

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NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron discusses first responder safety training during the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities semi-annual stakeholder meeting at CCAC Sept. 16. Credit: PRCC

“During the presentation, I discussed what the trainings include and showed them samples of several of the modules,” Ebron explained. “This gave them an understanding of what the trainings actually cover. There was a great deal of interest in the presentation, and a number of attendees asked me additional questions after I was finished.”

Ebron also pointed out that he drove the NAFTC’s Chevy Volt to the Pittsburgh meeting. This gave him the opportunity to answer questions about the extended-range electric vehicle (EREV).

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NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron charges the organization’s Chevy Volt at Giant Eagle’s Level 2 charging station. Credit: NAFTC

Following the meeting, a number of the stakeholders traveled to Giant Eagle’s compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations. Giant Eagle, also a PRCC stakeholder, recently completed the stations, thanks to funding from an Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant from the State of Pennsylvania. The group toured the public and private refueling stations while at the facility.

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Broc Johnson, transportation supervisor at Talon Logistics, which is Giant Eagle’s distribution unit, demonstrates how the company’s CNG refueling station works. Credit: NAFTC

“One station is open to the public, while the other is Giant Eagle’s private station for its fleet, which includes heavy-duty trucks,” Ebron noted. “There also is an Eaton Level 2 charging station at Giant Eagle’s facility, so I was able to charge the Volt while we were there.”

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Giant Eagle’s CNG refueling station is now open to the public. Credit: NAFTC

“Overall, it was an excellent meeting,” he added. “CCAC will be working with us to conduct a number of alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) training programs. They are working AFV training into their regular automotive program.”

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