The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) partnered in the Earth Day Event hosted by the West Virginia University (WVU) EcoCAR 3 Team. The event took place at the WVU student union, at the Mountainlair.

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Staff members from the NAFTC were on hand to answer questions about alternative fuel vehicles and trainings. Credit: NAFTC.

EcoCAR 3 is the latest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series. As North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition, WVU is one of 16 North American university teams challenged to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.

The EcoCAR 3 team displayed a Camaro, like the one they plan to start work on in the fall, outside of the Mountainlair, as part of the display. The NAFTC displayed a Nissan Leaf that is used as a training aid for their electric drive vehicle training. Inside the Mountainlair the NAFTC displayed information on alternative fuel and advanced vehicles.

WVU President Dr. E. Gordon Gee visited the event and commented on the importance of Earth Day and EcoCAR.

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WVU President Dr. E. Gordon Gee visited the Earth Day event. Credit: WVU WECAN.

“Today is Earth Day, but we’re also showing our EcoCAR program, which is one of the really premier programs of the country,” said WVU President Gordon Gee. “It’s about sustainability, it’s about learning how to use our natural resources better, and it’s about the University setting a very high standard. One of [the] things we’re trying to do as a University is be very sustainability conscious.”

Representatives from the NAFTC were also on hand to talk with students about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle training.




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