Dear members, colleagues and friends:

The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium has another exciting project to announce before the year’s end; through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the NAFTC was awarded nearly $1 million to spearhead alternative fuel vehicle first responder training.

Also featured in this month’s issue is our year in review column, which hits some of 2012’s highlight. As we look back on 2012, we realize that it truly was an excellent year for both the NAFTC and the alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle industry. The NAFTC’s record-breaking National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey, my trip to the White House where I participated on the Advanced Vehicles: Driving Growth panel, Senator Joe Manchin’s visit to the NAFTC’s headquarters, and the National Excellence in Training Award received from the Automotive Training Manager’s Council, for our Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training, were just a few of the significant moments that took place this past year. The column also features major events from the industry, including Tesla’s Model S becoming the first non-gasoline automobile to win the prestigious Motor Trend Car of the Year award, and much more progress and developments in petroleum alternatives.

The NAFTC provided Petroleum Reduction Technologies training and recapped the year for the national and associate training center members, in the December professional development and business meeting, which was held at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh earlier this month. During this two-day session of training and presentations, we introduced Jeannie Bellman, the consortium’s new Membership Coordinator, who will be working directly with NAFTC member training centers.

In our final industry headlines of the year, we recap Ford Fusion’s victory of the Green Car Journal’s 2013 Green Car of the Year, the Chevy Volt topping Consumer Reports Owner Satisfaction Survey for the second consecutive year, and an overview of the present development in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and manufacturers’ plans to make them commercially available by 2015.

As the industry continues to grow, so will we. We will continue in our role as educators to the public, automotive trainers, automotive technicians, secondary school students, fleet managers, and other audiences that support our desire for “clean air and energy independence.” We also confirm our commitment to providing cutting edge training for our first responders. We will continue to support advances in new automotive technology that offers alternatives to petroleum. We are extremely proud of our accomplishments in 2012, and feel that we can reach even greater heights in 2013 with the support of all of you.

We wish you a peaceful and happy holiday season, and may the New Year bring you great prosperity.


Al Ebron

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