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    Free NAFTC online courses help towing and salvage operators learn to safely handle alternative fuel vehicles

    Press Release from National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium

    The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at West Virginia University is offering two online trainings targeting towing and salvage operators about how to safely handle alternative fuel vehicles, or AFVs.  As the number of AFVs—especially electric vehicles, or EVs—increases on today’s roadways, so does the chance that they will require the services of towing operators or be sent to salvage facilities.

    While AFVs are not inherently more dangerous than traditional vehicles, they do have different characteristics. Improper handling can lead to injuries.

    The trainings, which were created with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office, are free for a limited time.  Each course offers 2.0 hours of online training.

    “Towing and Roadside Assistance Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles” is a self-paced training that includes 10 chapters and one comprehensive test. After completing the course, trainees will be able to identify potential hazards of working with an EV or AFV; describe correct personal protective equipment to be used in dealing with an EV or AFV; and follow proper towing and roadside assistance procedures for EVs and AFVs.

    “Recycling Safety Training for Alternative Fuel Vehicles” is a self-paced training with seven chapters and one comprehensive test.  The course teaches personnel to identify the potential hazards of working with an EV or AFV; recognize fuel storage and system components of EVs and AFVs; and follow proper procedures for dismantling, recycling, and crushing EVs and AFVs.

    For more information and to access the training modules, go to the NAFTC courses and workshops webpage at: naftc.wvu.edu/courses-and-workshops.

    -NAFTC-

    Contact:  Tracy Novak, Communications
    WVU National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium
    304-293-6928; [email protected]