Al in helicopter

NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron checks out a helicopter during a recent trip to the Advanced Vehicle Research Center (AVRC), a partner in the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program, in Danville, Va.

Dear members, colleagues and friends:

Another new year has begun and is quickly rolling by as we find ourselves at the end of the first month. Last year we saw an abundant amount of infrastructure put into place, and the development of and support for education within the industry was encouraging and exciting. Our hopes for 2012 are that we see that same momentum and that this will be a year of continued innovation.

We at the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) are excited to announce the date for the 2012 National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey will be Thursday, Oct. 18. The NAFTC staff is already working hard to make this year’s 10-year anniversary event the best Odyssey yet. We are anticipating 250,000 attendees at 150 sites and hoping to reach more than 100 million people through media outlets.

Other NAFTC Updates include reports on the NAFTC’s most recent business and professional development meeting at the Tesla Motors headquarters and Peninsula College’s brand new Alternative Fuels Program. I would also like to welcome the consortium’s newest members, National Training Centers Modesto Junior College in Modesto, Calif., and Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Ariz.

Under Industry Headlines, you will read about Mitsubishi’s first U.S. delivery of an all-electric i fleet and the impact electric vehicles will have on the telematics market. The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $7 million for hydrogen storage technologies in fuel cell electric vehicles. In addition, the EPA has approved Alliance Autogas to convert 200 vehicles to propane, and Collins Bus Corporation is set to build its first CNG buses.

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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