Dee Martin, John Hicks, Paul Cupka and Gary Phares discussing Coda’s electric car.

Manassas Automotive Faculty Attend Electric Drive Transportation Association Conference

Dee Martin, John Hicks, Paul Cupka and Gary Phares discussing Coda’s electric car.
Dee Martin, John Hicks, Paul Cupka and Gary Phares discussing Coda’s electric car.

Thanks to the generosity of Volkswagen Group of America, several members of the Manassas Automotive faculty attended the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) Convention in Washington D.C. at the DC Convention Center April 19 to 21.

More than 20 different workshops were offered, providing a large amount of information ranging from currently available electric vehicles to previews of those that are anticipated. Workshops also featured information about the infrastructure required to support the vehicles and the batteries needed to fuel them. There was also information on various hybrid vehicles, including a hydrogen fuel cell electric motor scooter now in use in Europe.

NOVA attendees had the opportunity to network with manufacturers’ representatives from Coda, Mitsubishi and other firms that will be looking for training sites on the East Coast and may offer opportunities for training for instructors.

Manassas Automotive faculty also met with representatives from the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, and they were invited to West Virginia University for a personal tour of that facility, known for alternative fuels training.

Dean Dee Martin, NOVA’s Volkswagen representative, met Jonathan Browning, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, at the closing luncheon and thanked him for Volkswagen’s support to NOVA programs.

This was a great opportunity for NOVA instructors to get an up close and personal look at the technology they will be teaching in the near future.