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What Are Advanced Automotive Technologies?

Friday, April 22nd, 2011


This week, ATETV visited Stark State College where instructors in the Fuel Cell Technology program are working hand-in-hand with local industry to train technicians in this rapidly growing field within the changing automotive industry.

Fuel cell vehicles are powered by hydrogen gas rather than gasoline, which makes for an important advantage in terms of reducing harmful tailpipe emissions as well as reducing the nation’s dependence on oil.

And this is just one new alternative avenue that the automotive industry is taking, according to the ATE Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT). The CAAT is headquartered at Macomb Community College in southeast Michigan, home to some of the largest American automakers, numerous foreign automakers and more than 270 automotive research and development centers.

What, exactly, are Advanced Automotive Technologies?

According to the CAAT, these are the technologies that are helping to shift the transportation economy from petroleum-powered engines to new vehicle propulsion systems. In addition to fuel cell vehicles, these include electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles, which operate on ethanol, biodiesel, compressed natural gas and liquefield propane gas.

As the ATE notes, with stringent Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards now imposed on new autos (to reduce dependence on oil and improve the nation’s trade balance), the need for alternative technologies will only grow, and as this demand grows, so too will the demand for highly trained technical workers – who are already in short supply.

For an up-close look at how a hybrid electric vehicle gets its power, check out the Virtual HEV Simulator or to learn more about the future of clean energy technologies, take a look at web site of the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation.

There’s no question – it’s a fast-moving industry!