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New Alternative Fuel Vehicle Course premiered by I-CAR

Hoffman Estates, IL
December 16, 2014

I-CAR has launched its all-new instructor-led course, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis and Safety (ALT03). This live, instructor-led, 3-credit hour course is designed to enhance a collision repair professional’s understanding of how to safely approach alternative fuel vehicles of all types after a collision and how to understand the risks and risk-avoidance of working around such vehicles.

In addition to the new Live instructor-led course, Online options for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis and Safety (ALT03) are also available, broken into two courses for learning effectiveness: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis (ALT04e), a 1-hour offering and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety (ALT05e), a 2-hour offering.

Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development explained, “Each vehicle will require specific knowledge about the different risk avoidance elements engineered into these vehicles from a propulsion system perspective. This makes building knowledge on the different alternative fuel vehicle types extremely important,” McFarlin continued, “This course serves as a solution to building a knowledge base on hybrid, electric and advanced fossil fuel powertrain systems such as propane, CNG and Diesel.”

The newly introduced courses are highly interactive and provide repair professionals with takeaways that they can apply at their business when the next electric or alternative fuel vehicle arrives. Each course dives deep into important information on safely approaching these vehicles after a collision and goes beyond with detailed descriptions of the common parts found on electric vehicles and other types of alternative fuel vehicles.

These new courses meet training requirements in ProLevel® 1 for Estimators, Auto Physical Damage Appraisers and Electrical/Mechanical Technicians in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program™ (PDP). The new courses have replaced Electric and Electric Hybrid Vehicles (ALT01/e) and Hybrid Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles (ALT02/e). Either the Live course or both online courses must be completed in order to receive credit.

Coincident with the launch of these new courses, I-CAR is also debuting the new  “Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search” on the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) Portal. Through the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search, professionals can more easily find information on how to identify where parts of the hybrid or electric system are located, how to disable the system before beginning a repair, welding best practices and refinish precautions. All of this information can quickly be found by make, model and/or year. To begin using the Hybrid Disable Search on the RTS Portal, visit i-car.com/rts.