Dear members, colleagues and friends:
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A few weeks ago I visited the White House, where I spoke on the Clean Energy Innovation Panel, during an event celebrating the resurgence of the auto industry and advancements in alternative fuel technologies. It was a great honor to participate and share the successes and future projects of the NAFTC .

The event was broadcast live through the White House’s website and is now archived here. Our eNews coverage of the event can be found here.

Our organization remains committed to our vision. We remain committed to our partnerships and network of members that make it possible to reach a great deal of people with the message that it is time to embrace sustainable fuels.

On July 24th, we conducted a train-the-trainer session on our newest curriculum, Petroleum Reduction Technologies, for Clean Cities Coordinators. This curriculum, developed as part of the Clean Cities Learning Program, is designed for a number of audiences including Clean Cities Coordinators, automotive technicians and students, fleet managers, decision makers and the general public and provides an overview of the alternative fuel vehicle industry. Available as a two-day course or as individual workshops, topics include: biodiesel, ethanol, natural gas, propane, electric drive vehicles, hydrogen, fuel economy, idle reduction and fleet management.

Coming in October, our National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey will be conducted on Oct. 18 at sites across the U.S. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are available as well as opportunities to participate as an event site host. Please visit the Odyssey website for more details if you’re interested. We have selected Indianapolis as the location for the national kickoff event. You can read about the kickoff event in Indianapolis here. In addition, we will be holding a highlight event to preview Odyssey on Oct. 12 in Morgantown at WVU’s Mountainlair. We plan to have a press conference and technical experts on hand to present multiple vehicles.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy reading news of our visit to the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles, our first responder safety training program in San Antonio, and our trip to Washington D.C., where we presented updates on the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education and the Clean Cities Learning programs at the U.S. Department of Energy Merit Review .

Under Industry Headlines, check out stories about the Air Force testing new alternative fuels based from alcohol, eBay partnering with Bloom Energy to create a data center run entirely on fuel cells, and California Institute of Technology researchers, who discovered a more energy efficient way to create Hydrogen. 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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