Automotive technicians from across the country traveled to the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) headquarters recently to attend a week-long, Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training Holds Electric Drive Vehicle Training for Technicians from Across the Country class.

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).

Participants were provided the opportunity to work with several types of electric drive vehicles, including a Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and a Toyota Prius. The automotive technicians also used scan tools to diagnose electrical system faults. In addition, the course covered appropriate safety measures in maintaining electric drive vehicles and their diagnostic fundamentals.

“The participants were engaged the whole week. It was nice to have Allan Nagel, a former GM motor trainer, in attendance. He was able to share even more interesting information on the Volt. This course continues to make an impact, and to teach automotive technicians across the country the skills they need in order to adapt to changing market conditions. All participants left the training with better skills for dealing with electric vehicles,” said NAFTC national instructor, Mark Schmidt.

The Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training is held multiple times a year, in various locations throughout the U.S., to ensure that all interested automotive technicians have an opportunity to attend. The next training will be held in the February of 2016 at the NAFTC headquarters in Morgantown, WV. Visit the training schedule on the NAFTC website for more details.

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Participants spent numerous hours working “hands-on” with parts from electric drive vehicles. Credit: NAFTC.




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