The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) attended ACT Expo 2016 May 2-5 in Long Beach, CA. During the event, NAFTC staff talked with leaders of the alternative fuel vehicle industry worldwide and provided information on NAFTC curricula and training.

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NAFTC Director Bill Davis speaks with an ACT Expo attendee about the NAFTC and its training. Credit: NAFTC.

ACT Expo is coordinated by Gladstein Neandross & Associates (GNA), a consulting firm specializing in market development for low emission and alternative fuel vehicle technologies and coinciding infrastructure. The NAFTC was once again an endorsing organization of this year’s ACT Expo.

Participants at the 2016 ACT Expo had the opportunity to network with other industry professionals and learn about the newest advancements in alternative fuel technologies and how they are being implemented.

“ACT has evolved into a major conference for alternative fuel vehicles. A large number of Clean Cities Coordinators are there, in addition to a major number of fleet personnel. If you’re interested in transportation other than crude oil derivatives, this is the place to go,” said Bill Davis, NAFTC Director.

During the conference the NAFTC hosted a seminar for Clean Cities Coordinators entitled, “AFV Safety Training: Serving New Audiences beyond First Responders.” This seminar was held in partnership with GNA and ACT Expo as partners in the AFV Curriculum Development & Outreach Initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

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This Zero-Emission Propulsion System Bus is one of many AFV technology advances displayed at this ACT Expo.

During the presentation, the NAFTC shared information about the AFV Curriculum Development & Outreach Initiative. The project will provide classroom and online safety training for additional underserved audiences including automotive recyclers; towing operators; collision repair personnel; and personnel responsible for fueling, repair, maintenance, and conversion facilities.

The presentation included information about the curricula being developed and how it can benefit Clean Cities Coalitions and their stakeholders, as well as how to cultivate relationships with the potential stakeholders and resources in order to attract and educate these new audiences.

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Members of the AFV Curriculum Development and Outreach Initiative Advisory Committee participated in the seminar presentation and panel discussion. Shown here are Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator Kellie Walsh; NAFTC Director Bill Davis; Communications Specialist for the North Central Texas Council of Governments/Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Kenny Bergstrom; East Bay Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator Richard Battersby; Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition Coordinator Mark Bentley; and NAFTC Assistant Director – Communication and Outreach Judy Moore. Credit: NAFTC.

“The NAFTC was proud to be able to explain the AFV Curriculum Development & Outreach Initiative goals and activities to the Clean Cities Coordinators and others interested in the project. We are developing support materials that we believe will be able to help reach these underserved audiences who need to first understand the need to be trained on alternative fuel vehicle technology,” said Judy Moore, NAFTC Assistant Director Communications and Outreach, and DOE Project Principal Investigator.

“The Advisory Committee for the project, made up of U.S. DOE Clean Cities coordinators, was instrumental in the guidance and development of the seminar presentation,” added Moore. The committee includes Mark Bentley, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition; Pam Burns and Kenny Bergstrom, Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities; Richard Battersby, East Bay Clean Cities Coalition; Rita Ebert, Greater Long Island Clean Cities; Robin Erickson, Utah Clean Cities; Kelly Bragg, WV Clean State Program; and committee liaison, Kellie Walsh, Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition.

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