The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium hosted its Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training course, at its headquarters in Morgantown, West Virginia March 11 to 15. This was just the second time the course has been offered since its launch in February.
A course participant works on a 3rd generation Toyota Prius during the Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training Course. Credit: NAFTC.
Electric drive vehicles, including hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs), battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), and extended range electric vehicles (EREVs) are appearing on America’s highways in ever increasing numbers. As a consequence, the need for qualified technicians to service and maintain these vehicles is growing rapidly. The Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training course is designed for the professional technician or automotive student and teaches participants safety, service procedures, computer diagnostics, vehicle systems, battery technologies, and the nature of electricity as an automotive fuel source.
The training is provided as part of the NAFTC’s Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program, which is a U.S. Department of Energy grant-funded program designed to educate various groups about their roles in preparing America for alternative transportation, specifically advanced electric drive vehicles.
The course instructs participants on appropriate safety measures in maintaining, diagnosing and servicing electric drive vehicles, and describes electric propulsion systemsincluding their construction, operation, control strategies, service tools, scan tool data, and diagnostic fundamentals.
Course objectives included coverage of required fundamentals, system design and operation, diagnostics, and service and repair of hybrid electric, battery electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles. The course emphasized the importance of adhering to appropriate and necessary safety measures for each type of vehicle. The course also explained auxiliary systems required by alternative power trains, such as electric power steering and electric air conditioning compressors.
The NAFTC will host another Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training course at its headquarters in Morgantown, West Virginia on May 20-25.