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GTA Member Profile - June 2013

GTA Member Profile - June 2013

National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC)
Ridgeview Business Park
1100 Frederick Lane
Morgantown, WV 26508
Email: naftc@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-7882

The following information was provided by NAFTC.

Company Overview
The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is a program of West Virginia University and is headquartered in Morgantown, WV. Founded in 1992, the NAFTC is the only nationwide training organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and expanding the use of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles. The goal of NAFTC is to improve air quality and decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil. The NAFTC consists of National and Associate Training Centers located nationwide from Maine to California. Each center provides training with impact through its experienced instructors and real-world shop facilities. Numerous other members from small business, government, and industry also support the NAFTC’s mission.

Executive Summary
The NAFTC has promoted and provided education on alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and advanced technology vehicles since 1992. Presently offering more than 25 courses and workshops, the fuel-neutral organization plays a key role in providing education to numerous audiences. Since AFVs and advanced technology vehicles differ from conventional vehicles, they require a different  level of expertise and knowledge from many audiences, such as automotive technicians, first responders, fleet managers, government officials and consumers.

To date, the NAFTC has trained more than 33,000 technicians on AFVs and advanced technology vehicles in more than 1,750 courses, and has conducted more than 1,675 workshops and education/awareness events with more than 850,000 attendees. Reaching a vast audience, the NAFTC takes a blended learning approach with its instruction. In addition to standard classroom learning, the NAFTC offers numerous hands-on activities, online classes, and supportive materials, such as videos and phone apps.

One unique educational tool often available at NAFTC trainings is the organization's Hybrid Electric Vehicle Training Educator (HEVTE), a heavily modified third generation Toyota Prius. The fully functional cutaway vehicular training tool allows training participants to easily and safely interact with hybrid electric vehicle components through classroom training and scan tools. By scanning electronic QR codes, training participants learn the intricacies of the vehicle parts that make a hybrid unique. Even when HEVTE is not available at events, interactivity and discussions utilizing the vehicle component descriptions are often a part of the class and are accessible online at www.aedve.info/cutaway

The NAFTC is also the developer of the nation’s largest non-profit consumer awareness and education program, National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey. National AFV Day Odyssey was designed to create public awareness and to promote the use of AFVs and advanced technology vehicles. Conducted biennially since 2002, Odyssey has had incredible success throughout the years. The 2012 Odyssey attracted more than 250,000 attendees and reached more than 200 million people through media and internet.

The “Consortium” in NAFTC refers to the organization headquartered at West Virginia University, consisting of nearly 50 educational institutions, including high schools, community colleges, technical colleges, four-year colleges, and universities. The NAFTC develops curricula on AFVs and advanced technology vehicles and conducts train-the-trainer courses for the instructors from these institutions, allowing each participating institution to provide quality training for the automotive students in their schools.

In addition, the NAFTC disseminates timely information on exciting industry developments year round via its website and monthly eNews. Each month readers can learn about what is going on at the NAFTC and get up-to-date information on worldwide AFV and advanced technology vehicle news.

The NAFTC serves a pivotal role through education and outreach in helping to lead a nationwide movement toward AFV and advanced technology vehicle development and use, especially in light of today's elevated gasoline prices and dependence on foreign oil. The NAFTC takes pride in creating this awareness and demonstrating that these vehicles are part of the solution to our country’s environmental and energy needs.

Links to important products and/or services
NAFTC - www.naftc.wvu.edu
First Responder Safety Training Program – www.afvsafetytraining.com
Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program – www.aedve.info
National AFV Day Odyssey – afvdayodyssey.org