The latest innovations in electric cars, trucks, vans, motorbikes and other vehicles along with batteries and chargers from around the world were showcased this spring at the 26th international Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles.

The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium served as a promotional partner of EVS 26: Great Minds Think Electric on May 6-9 hosted by the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), the U.S. association dedicated to advancing electric drive technologies.

Executive director Al Ebron presented an overview of the NAFTC, the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program and participated on the “Gen Next: Educating the Electric Vehicle Workforce” panel. Assistant director of training and curriculum development Micheal Smyth presented on the AED First Responder Safety Program, the need for the training, and the suite of products within the program. In addition, the NAFTC exhibited at the Symposium.

NAFTC executive director Al Ebron speaks during a panel at the EVS26 Conference in Los Angeles. Credit: NAFTC

Ebron said this year’s conference and its theme were timely.

“I’ve seen firsthand the increasing amount of buy-in the electric vehicle industry is beginning to see,” he said. “That being said, there’s a lot of work to be done to educate consumers about the lasting implications for our economy, environment and national security that come along with bolstering electric vehicle availability and the power grid.”

“This conference really brought the top companies and visionaries to the table, and we continue to be excited by our common goal of making sustainable transportation a reality,” he added.

The symposium was presented under the auspices of the World Electric Vehicle Association in partnership with the European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (AVERE) and the Electric Vehicle Association of Asia Pacific (EVAAP). The event presented the newest developments in the industry and provided consumers opportunities to view and experience electric drive vehicles.

According to the EDTA, delegates from 47 countries attended the event, more than 200 exhibitors were represented by more than 1,300 representatives on the show floor, and more than 600 internet users registered for the first-ever live webcast from an EVS event.

Read about more of the EVS26 highlights here.

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