West Virginia University students and faculty members recently got their first look at the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium’s Chevy Volt, an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV).

NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron on Sept. 20 made a presentation to WVU’s Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) during its kickoff meeting for the 2011-2012 school year. He focused on the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program and the Volt.

“I discussed the Volt and explained what the term EREV means,” Ebron noted. “Following the classroom presentation, I gave a hands-on demonstration of the Volt. The students were extremely interested. They asked a lot of questions and were very intrigued by the Volt from an engineering perspective.”

WVU Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Roy Nutter advises the WVU EVA, and he thanked Ebron and the NAFTC for raising awareness about energy independence and electric vehicles.

“For practically everyone at the meeting, it was their first look at a Volt,” Nutter said. “There was a bigger crowd around the car than in the meeting. It was a big hit. We looked under the hood and in the trunk. In general, we had a pretty good time.”

inside Volt

A display inside the Chevy Volt shows how much charge is left in the battery. Credit: NAFTC

Nutter also encouraged people to learn more about the available tax credits and incentives related to purchasing electric drive vehicles.

“We need to be in energy conservation mode, and driving electric vehicles is one way to do that,” Nutter continued. “I don’t think most people know there’s another $7,500 tax credit available from the state of West Virginia. With the $7,500 federal tax credit, that’s a total of $15,000 in credits.”

The Sept. 20 WVU EVA meeting was not Ebron’s first encounter with the group. In fact, Nutter said the EVA group from the Charleston-Huntington, W. Va., area visited the NAFTC headquarters on Sept. 13.

“They came specifically to WVU and to see the Volt,” Nutter noted. “They also looked at WVU’s EcoCAR.”




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