The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) and its newly purchased Chevy Volt were on hand at the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) 2011 Odyssey event Oct. 7.

The Community College of Allegheny County, a member of the NAFTC’s national network of training centers, hosted the public event that saw more than 300 attendees.

NAFTC Assistant Director of Operations Bill Davis and Odyssey Manager Virginia McMillen attended the event, which focused on educating fleet managers, municipalities, school districts and others about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.

“The growth of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles creates new possibilities for a cleaner environment and securing our nation’s energy future,” McMillen noted. “It was an honor to be a part of PRCC’s Odyssey as it demonstrated to southwestern Pennsylvania that alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles are available and ready to impact the region.”

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NAFTC Assistant Director of Operations Bill Davis, left, and Odyssey Manager Virginia McMillen discuss alternative fuels with an Odyssey attendee during PRCC’s event Oct. 7. Credit: PRCC

The NAFTC’s Volt purchase was made possible by the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program, a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The program’s mission is to “educate America on next generation vehicles,” specifically battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles. The initiative features curricula, training, outreach and education activities, simulators, a website and support of National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey.

In addition to the NAFTC Volt, more than 30 alternative fuel vehicles were on display from both private and public entities, including Giant Eagle, the Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Carnegie Mellon University and Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. Many of these vehicles were available for ride-and-drives throughout the event.




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