Senator Manchin visits NRCCE’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium

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February 29, 2012 by Judy Moore, National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium

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Sen. Joe Machin III behind the wheel of the NAFTC’s Chevy Volt

Morgantown, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) visited the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) on February 27th to learn more about how the WVU NRCCE program supports increased use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles throughout the nation by providing training and outreach and education on the vehicles.

“The NAFTC was honored and excited to host Senator Manchin,” said NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron.

“We appreciate that the Senator recognizes the importance of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and was interested in seeing how our consortium has been busy developing curricula and providing outreach and education regarding these next generation cars and trucks.”

“The work that is being done right here in Morgantown is absolutely incredible and so important to achieving energy independence for this great nation,” Manchin said. “We have so much natural gas and so much reliable and affordable electricity from coal – which will remain our chief energy resource for decades to come. Our country could save so much money by converting our state fleets to natural gas, and the engineers at WVU are on the forefront of advancing critical alternative fuel technology for both natural gas and electric vehicles that will continue to rely on West Virginia’s abundant resources.”

Sen. Joe Manchin III recharges NAFTC’s Chevy Volt on tour with NAFTC Deputy Director Bill Davis (center) and NRCCE Director Richard Bajura (foreground).

Sen. Joe Manchin III recharges NAFTC’s Chevy Volt on tour with NAFTC Deputy Director Bill Davis (center) and NRCCE Director Richard Bajura (foreground).

The NAFTC is the only nationwide alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle training organization in the U.S. The NAFTC’s mission is to provide the training infrastructure for implementing widespread use of alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicles. With headquarters at West Virginia University, NAFTC consists of training centers located nationwide from Maine to California, each providing training with impact through its experienced instructors and real-world shop facilities.

NAFTC’s Clean Cities Learning Program raises awareness and fosters a greater understanding of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, including biofuel, gaseous fuel, hydrogen-powered and electric drive vehicles. Its Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program helps promote and further the acceptance and use of advanced electric drive vehicles.

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CONTACT: Judy Moore, (304) 293-7882

The NAFTC is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.