The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) recently acquired two new vehicles, a 2013 Nissan Leaf and a 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In hybrid. These vehicles will serve as additional training aids to enhance the NAFTC Electric Drive Automotive Technician Training and new Electric Drive Vehicle Infrastructure Training.

Jan 14 Leaf and Prius

A 2013 Nissan Leaf and 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In hybrid will be used as training aids in upcoming NAFTC electric drive vehicle trainings. Credit: NAFTC.

NAFTC Assistant Director – Curricula and Training Micheal Smyth elaborates, “Students in the NAFTC electric drive vehicle courses will be able to work with a wider variety of electric drive vehicles. The NAFTC already had a Toyota Prius hybrid and a plug-in (extended range) Chevy Volt, along with a cutaway Prius for students to see and work with. Adding the Leaf and Prius Plug-In to the mix allows automotive technician students to get hands on experience with additional technologies. Students who attend the infrastructure training can benefit by seeing the different charging components and equipment for a wider variety of vehicle models.”

The Leaf, Prius Plug-In hybrid, and other NAFTC electric drive vehicles will be available at electric drive vehicle trainings at the NAFTC headquarters in Morgantown, WV and at other locations around the country.

The Nissan Leaf is a 100% pure electric vehicle with a 4kWh rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The Leaf averages about 75 miles from a single charge.

The Toyota Prius Plug-In is a plug-in hybrid with a 4.4 kWh rechargeable lithium –ion battery. . The Prius Plug-In can operate in EV mode, which has an all-electric range of 11 miles. After running out of electric charge, the Prius Plug-In will automatically shift into hybrid mode.

Additionally, the new Leaf and Prius Plug-in will be displayed at conferences, trade shows, and outreach events attended by the NAFTC.

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