Dear members, colleagues and friends:
Just a few short months ago, we were welcoming the spring after a mild-ish (depending on who you ask!) winter in West Virginia. As we prepare ourselves for the summer months — the heat, the vacations, and the travel — we here at the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) are glad that the end of spring doesn’t mean the end of new beginnings.
In fact, this spring marked a “new” beginning for me as I became a first-time Chevy Volt owner. I’m proud to stand among those who recognize and embrace the need to lessen our dependence on foreign oil and contribute to cleaner air through the ownership of an electric drive vehicle.
We’ve traveled thousands of miles this conference season, meeting new partners, introducing new technology, and hopefully inspiring new advocates for clean energy and alternative fuels. Our hybrid electric vehicle training educator, the cutaway Toyota Prius has been a hit as we demonstrated it everywhere from Indianapolis, to Washington, D.C., and many places in between.
The month ahead will be spent cultivating the new connections we’ve made, providing our National Training Center (NTC) members with high-quality training sessions and tools and preparing for our National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey on Oct. 18. But we also want to take the time to relish what has been accomplished at NAFTC and around the world.
This month has been a time of celebration for a number of our NTC members, and we’re so proud of Quinsigamond Community College for being named one of three Massachusetts colleges chosen to house an electric charging station on its campus thanks to a National Grid grant. Other NAFTC Updates include articles on our First Responder Safety Training and Clean Cities Learning Program workshops at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) and the Alternative Clean Energy (ACT) Expo.
We’ve been so excited to hear of the great strides made in the alternative fuels industry recently. Under Industry Headlines, check out stories about the fuel cell bus research the U.S. Department of Transportation is funding and the 10 compressed natural gas stations Love’s Travel Stops is opening in Oklahoma this year. Speaking of fuel cells, you also can learn about the University of Connecticut’s new fuel cell power plant.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of us at the NAFTC if we can be of assistance.
NAFTC Executive Director