Automotive instructors from Merced College visited NAFTC headquarters to attend a two-day Petroleum Reduction Technologies (PRT) training recently. The training covers each of the major alternative fuels: biodiesel, ethanol, natural gas, propane, hydrogen, and electric drive, as well as sections on fuel economy, idle reduction, and fleet applications.

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Automotive instructors from Merced College in Merced, California, recently attended Petroleum Reduction Technologies training at NAFTC headquarters, where they learned important basic information on alternative fuel vehicles, as their first step in incorporating instruction on these vehicles into their automotive program. Credit: NAFTC.

Merced College recently joined the NAFTC as a National Training Center in order to incorporate alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles into their curriculum, which are playing an increasingly vital role in any cutting-edge automotive educational program. The PRT training covers specifics on fuel types, information on fueling stations and infrastructure, details on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle components, and techniques for reducing petroleum usage. The course includes traditional learning from workbooks in a classroom setting, as well as a hands-on portion for interactive and engaged learning opportunities.

In the hands-on portion of the course, Merced College instructors were given opportunities to interact with alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Instructors examined and drove several of the NAFTC’s hydrogen vehicles, including the Ford Explorer, as well as multiple electric drive vehicles, like the Nissan LEAF and the Chevrolet Volt.

Instructors were also given the opportunity to view infrastructure and learn about fueling for a variety of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles—including hydrogen, natural gas, and electric drive.
The PRT training curriculum is part of the Clean Cities Learning Program, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Initiative. For more information, please visit

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