Automotive technicians from across the country traveled to the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) headquarters recently to attend a week-long, specialized training class: Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training.

The course 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 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. The automotive technicians were able to use scan tools to diagnose vehicles at the NAFTC headquarters, including the Nissan LEAF and the Toyota Prius Plug-in.

“The participants were very engaged and extremely 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. “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 various locations throughout the U.S., in order to ensure that all interested automotive technicians can attend. The next training will be held in the first two months of 2015 at NAFTC headquarters in Morgantown, WV, watch the training schedule for more details.

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Mark Schmidt, NAFTC Instructor, shows students how to run diagnostics on electric drive vehicles. Credit: NAFTC.

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