The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium , headquartered at West Virginia University , is playing a key role in preparing Americans for increased use of hybrid and electric vehicles by offering certification training for propulsion systems instructors.

Members of the consortium from throughout the U.S. will journey to Morgantown for the new hybrid vehicle training program developed in partnership with Automotive Research and Design, Inc. (AR&D), a technology company that specializes in the development of training materials that support electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle propulsion systems.

With the growing interest in vehicles powered by electric drive, there is a significant need for training more people on how to use and maintain the propulsion systems. This training package was designed and is presented to train the people who will end up teaching others, Al Ebron, NAFTC executive director said.

He said that NAFTC members, who are primarily from other universities and community colleges, will be in Morgantown June 22-26 to attend the firsttrain-the- trainersession. The training will prepare the participants to return to their own schools to implement the course into their automotive programs or teach a growing number of independent garage owners and automobile dealers who wish to learn more about maintaining the new propulsion systems.

The course will also ultimately benefit high school instructors and other target audiences,Ebron said.The initiative will allow the trainer a great deal of flexibility to offer classes from 1-5 days in length for adult learners or as a semester or multi-semester class for students.

NAFTC is a nationwide training organization that develops curricula and conducts education and outreach activities on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and related technologies. With National 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 secondary schools, small businesses, government, and industry also support the NAFTC ’s mission. For additional information on the NAFTC , visit or call 304-293-7882.