On October 4th, a group of Chinese executives working with the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Business and Economics Center for Chinese Business visited the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) facilities in Morgantown, WV.
China has seen an explosion in their automotive market in the past decade. China’s automotive sales more than quadrupled between 2000 and 2010, increasing from 5.1 million units to 18.06 million units per year, according to China Daily. According to the Chinese Association of Automobile Manufacturers, auto sales in China between January and August of 2013 exceeded 13.9 million units.
The visitors listened to presentations on the history and mission of the NAFTC and the importance of alternative fuel vehicles in reducing environmental contaminants. The presentation focused on alternative fuel usage in the United States, but emphasized that many alternative fuel practices would be applicable in other countries as well.
Following the presentations, the group toured the NAFTC facilities.
Visitors from the WVU College of Business and Economics Center for Chinese Business tour the NAFTC shop facilities. Credit: NAFTC.
“The group was extremely interested in the natural gas vehicles and what we are doing on natural gas in West Virginia. They asked very pertinent questions about all of the different fuels available, including questions about using coal to create fuel for vehicles,” said NAFTC Acting Director Bill Davis. “They had a well-rounded knowledge of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles and especially liked HEVTE [the NAFTC’s hybrid electric vehicle training educator] and the other training aids and equipment that we used. It was our pleasure to give them information that may be used to help them make decisions on clean vehicles for their use in their home country.”
The Center for Chinese Business was established at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics in 1994 to provide international management education, business facilitation, and research services focused on countries throughout the world. Fostering close relationships among academia, business, and government in the United States and China, the Center focuses on furthering mutually beneficial enterprises.
Visitors from the WVU College of Business and Economics Center for Chinese Business toured the NAFTC headquarters to learn about alternative fuel vehicle use in the United States. Credit: NAFTC.