Automotive technicians from Scott’s Auto Center traveled to the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium headquarters recently to attend a week-long, specialized training class: Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training.

The technicians were in search of bettering their skills—despite the fact that Motor Age had already named the center as one of the top 10 places for auto repair in the nation learning more about electric vehicles. The Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training is designed specifically for that purpose.

The training instructs trainers, pre-service and in-service technicians, fleet managers, and other interested participants in the fundamentals, system design, diagnostic considerations, and special service topics of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). In addition, the course covers appropriate safety measures in maintaining electric drive vehicles and describes their electric basic diagnostic fundamentals.

As part of the week-long course, participants were able to view firsthand several types of electric drive vehicles, including a Chevrolet Volt, a third generation Toyota Prius, a third generation Toyota Prius Plug-in, a Nissan LEAF, and a hydrogen-powered Ford Escape Hybrid.

5-11 NAFTC Hosts Week Long Electric Drive

Automotive technicians from Scott’s Auto Center in Cumming, GA were able to use scan tools to diagnose vehicles at the NAFTC headquarters, including the Nissan LEAF and the Toyota Prius Plug-in, pictured above. Credit: NAFTC.

“The participants were very engaged and interested in the training. They particularly enjoyed the hands-on aspects of the course and getting to view all types of electric vehicles—from a hydrogen-powered Ford Escape Hybrid to an all-electric Nissan LEAF,” said Mark Schmidt, NAFTC training instructor and automotive expert. “This course continues to make an impact, and to teach automotive technicians across the country the skills that they need in order to adapt to changing market conditions.”

Training participants also received hands-on experience with diagnosing and repairing all four major types of electric vehicles: HEVs, BEVs, PHEVs, and FCEVs.

“This course really teaches the fundamental skills for dealing with a variety of electric vehicles,” added Schmidt.

The Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training is held multiple times a year in order to ensure that all interested automotive technicians can attend. The next training will be held September 22–26 at NAFTC headquarters in Morgantown, WV. Registration information can be found online here.

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