Spring is almost here, and the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is once again buzzing with excitement as we prepare for the 2012 conference season. Beginning with this week’s NTEA Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit, the NAFTC will be busy exhibiting and presenting at alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle events across the country. We hope to see you along the way!
As you will read in this issue, the State of West Virginia is making a “Compelling Case for Natural Gas Vehicles.” I had the privilege of recently attending a workshop of the same name, and, through that meeting in Charleston, the NAFTC’s efforts caught the attention of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. The senator visited our facility, and he is excited about the work we are doing to decrease our great country’s dependence on foreign oil. Be sure to read a full report of Senator Manchin’s visit to the NAFTC.
Other NAFTC Updates include articles on the First Responder Safety Training workshops happening across the country, thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program. Two of our National Training Center (NTC) members are making news as well. Rio Hondo College now has a compressed natural gas (CNG) shuttle to transport students, and students in Alfred State College’s Automotive Trades Department are gearing up for two, high-profile alternative fuel vehicle races.
Under Industry Headlines, check out stories about Toyota’s unveiling of the Prius c and AT&T’s purchase of 1,200 CNG vehicles from General Motors. Also, learn about how biofuels made from seaweed may help power cars in the future. In addition, several alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles have made it into the “Top Greenest Vehicle” List for 2012.
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