The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) conducted an Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training course at the NAFTC headquarters in Morgantown, West Virginia from August 19 through August 23, 2013.

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 systems–including their construction, operation, control strategies, service tools, scan tool data, and diagnostic fundamentals. A large portion of the course is hands-on and allows participants to work on various hybrid electric vehicles, including NAFTC’s hybrid electric vehicle training educator, or HEVTE.

September HEVTE

Pictured above is a computer-generated image of NAFTC’s hybrid electric vehicle training educator (HEVTE), a third-generation cutaway Prius that allows training participants to easily and safely interact with labeled advanced hybrid vehicle components by scanning electronic QR codes. Credit: NAFTC.

The next Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training course will be held November 11 – 15. For more information, click here.

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