National Alternative Fuels
Training Consortium

An Overview of Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles

This two-day course helps participants obtain a solid foundation of information about alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, and advanced technology vehicles. Through this course, participants gain the ability to discuss different alternative fuel technologies, fuel prices, and how they are affected by national and international events.

Unstable fuel prices, coupled with concerns for the environment and air quality, have led many Americans to seek information about alternatives to gasoline, diesel fuel, and other petroleum-based products.


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Course materials provided:

  • Participant Manual – ISBN 978-1-933954-10-3
  • Includes review questions and learning activities
  • Each module of the Participant’s Manual contains text, illustrations, explanatory figures and tables, module review questions, and a list of key terms and abbreviations

Course designed for:

  • Secondary Education
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • General Public / Consumers
  • Government Officials / Decision Makers
  • Fleet Managers
  • Automotive Technicians
  • Code Officials / AHJs
  • Construction / Contractors


Taught by certified NAFTC instructors, this two-day course will enable you to:

  • Describe the sources and effects of air pollution caused by transportation vehicles.
  • Explain the problem of U.S. dependence on foreign energy supplies.
  • List the alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies that are currently available or in development for release in the next few years.
  • Explain the advantages, disadvantages, technology, components, infrastructure, and availability of
    • Ethanol, methanol, and synthetic fuels
    • Natural gas (compressed and liquified)
    • Battery-powered electric vehicles
    • Hydrogen-powered vehicles
    • Hybrid electric vehicles
    • Propane autogas
    • Fuel cells
    • Plug-in hybrids

 

Course outline:

  • Day One
    • Why do we need alternative fuels?
    • Laws, regulations, programs, and incentives
    • Propane vehicles
    • Natural gas vehicles
    • Ethanol, methanol, and synthetic fuels
    • Biodiesel
  • Day Two
    • Battery-powered electric vehicles
    • Hybrid electric vehicles
    • Hydrogen-powered vehicles
    • Fuel cells