The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) unveiled its newest learning aid at the recent Monongalia County Career Fair, allowing students a glimpse of modern technology transportation options.

The Alternative Energy Learning Center will be used as part of the NAFTC’s alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle training and outreach and education activities nationwide.

“With the mission to educate the nation on alternative fuel vehicles the NAFTC is always looking for ways to provide educational opportunities about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to numerous audiences—in this case to approximately 800 eighth grade students,” said Bill Davis, NAFTC acting director.

The mobile learning center is equipped with numerous interactive opportunities from iPads and televisions to hands-on opportunities with electric drive vehicle motors, compressed natural gas tanks, or the internal working components of HEVTE (Hybrid Electric Vehicle Training Educator), a cutaway Toyota Prius.

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Students at the Monongalia County Career Fair gather around the entrance of the NAFTC’s Alternative Energy Learning Center.

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The brand new Alternative Energy Learning Center houses several iPads that play fun and informative videos on biofuels, electric drive, ethanol, natural gas, propane, and hydrogen, as well as an interactive quiz and various hands-on demonstrations.

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One main feature of the Alternative Energy Learning Center is HEVTE (Hybrid Electric Vehicle Training Educator), a cutaway Toyota Prius which allows viewers to see and learn about the internal working components of the vehicle through scannable QR (Quick Response) codes.




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