U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Lab Project Manager Neil Kirschner visited the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium to kick off the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Curriculum Development & Outreach Initiative on August 20. Clean Cities Program Director and DOE Headquarters Technology Manager Dennis Smith participated by phone.
Funded by an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities program, the Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Curriculum Development and Outreach Initiative will allow the NAFTC to develop curricula and conduct training related to AFVs and electric drive vehicles (EVs) for audiences that have not yet been trained to safely work with these vehicles . The NAFTC will also conduct marketing and outreach activities to promote the dissemination of project-related curricula and training that supports U.S. DOE Clean Cities Coalitions’ work to promote the deployment of alternative fuels, AFVs, and advanced technology vehicles.
NAFTC Assistant Director Communications and Outreach Judy Moore is the Principal Investigator and project lead for this new Initiative. The partnership team includes Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition; Automotive Recyclers Association/Automotive Recyclers Education Foundation; Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities; East Bay Clean Cities; Giant Eagle; Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA)/ACT Expo; Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition; Greater Long Island Clean Cities; National Truck Equipment Association; State of West Virginia Clean Cities; and Utah Clean Cities.
The AFV Curriculum Development and Outreach Initiative will support the development of materials for safety training for additional audiences within the industry. Credit: NAFTC.
“The AFV Curriculum Development and Outreach Initiative kick-off meeting provided an opportunity for the NAFTC and DOE representatives to talk with one another about the planned outcome and goals for the project, in order to make it successful,” said Moore. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the DOE on this new grant and being able to continue contributing to educating the nation about AFVs.”
The program has the following two major goals:
Develop curricula and conduct training related to AFVs and EVs, including classroom and online safety trainings for collision repair personnel; AFV/EV fueling/charging stations, maintenance facilities, and repair facilities personnel; tow operators; and salvage yard/recycling operators.
Conduct marketing and outreach activities to promote the dissemination of project-related curricula and training materials, including materials to publicize the project-related curricula; materials for industry-related conferences; an update of the Clean Cities Learning Program online Toolbox to include information on the newly-developed materials; a Clean Cities Coordinator Awareness Seminar; and the development of an advisory committee to provide guidance on the project-related marketing materials.
“This new funding will allow the NAFTC to develop curricula and provide training for audiences not yet served within the AFV industry. And most importantly, will allow the NAFTC to continue to lead the way to ensure that everyone coming into contact with an alternative fuel vehicle is trained to safely work with them,” said Moore.