On Friday, Oct. 19, the Automotive Service Technology Program at the Sylvania Campus once again hosted the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day “Odyssey 2012.” Hundreds of auto industry reps, students of all ages and auto tech instructors attended the event. On hand for viewing were cutting edge alternative fuel vehicles including the Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius, CNG trucks and cars, VW TDI diesel cars, Mitsubishi EV, Nissan Leaf, Zip Car and Nissan Leaf, to name a few.
PCC’s Automotive Service Technology Program has participated in National AFV Day Odyssey every year since 2002. In 2010, the program earned a $200,000 grant from the Small Business Administration to continue the development of its hybrid/plug-in charge technology program. It’s used those funds to become one of the only academic programs in the nation that is developing curriculum out of hybrid and electric car battery research to create a template for industry techs on how to service them more affordably.