From April 15 through 19, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) hosted an Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Train-the-Trainer course at NAFTC headquarters in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The course instructed participants on the fundamentals, system design, diagnostic considerations, and special service topics of hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles. The course covered appropriate safety measures in maintaining advanced electric drive vehicles and described their electric propulsion systems. These systems include construction, operation, control strategies, service tools, scan tool data, and basic diagnostic fundamentals. The Automotive Technician Training is based on an intermediate technician level and gives participants the knowledge to diagnose and repair electric drive vehicles.

This course allows the NAFTC to play a key role in preparing Americans for increased use of hybrid and electric vehicles.

“With the growing interest in electric drive vehicles, there is a need for people qualified in using and maintaining the propulsion systems. This training was designed and is presented to train the people who will end up teaching others,” said NAFTC instructor Mark Schmidt.

The course is organized and divided into independent modules. This allows for a flexible presentation and content, allowing the participating instructors to tailor the course for various audiences with different backgrounds and levels of knowledge. Course structure allows individual instructors to easily incorporate the curricula into their present automotive programs. Most modules have hands-on and/or workshop exercises to facilitate their understanding and improve the learning process. The training contains manufacturer-specific information on various models of vehicles.

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Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Train-the-Trainer course participants get hands-on experience with a Toyota Prius in the NAFTC headquarters garage. Credit: NAFTC.

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