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I-CAR adds electric and alternative fuel vehicle training programs to online offering

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Sept. 8, 2011—I-CAR on Wednesday announced it has added two training courses to its online course catalogue: Electric and Electric Hybrid Vehicles, and Hybrid Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles.

These programs touch on different areas of current and changing technology of hybrid electric vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles, according to I-CAR. Both training programs provide individuals with an understanding of vehicle-specific repair considerations and the importance of ensuring a safe and cost-effective repair.

The Electric and Electric Hybrid Vehicles (ALT01e) training course includes the following:

• Identify terminology related to parts and understand the construction of an electric vehicle.
• Understand the differences between series, parallel and combination hybrid configurations, as well as integrated starter and alternator hybrid combinations.
• Examine system design and operation including vehicles from Honda and Toyota.
• Analyze collision damage to electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
• Understand the collision repair considerations for electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
• Know how to work safely around electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

The Hybrid Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles (ALT02e) training course includes the following:

• Explain how to take safe measures when working on hybrid electric and alternative fuel vehicles.
• Understand high voltage issues with electric A/C systems.
• Identify new applications for hybrid technology and unique hybrid system features.
• Understand vehicle-specific applications from popular vehicle makers, including Ford, Mercury, Mazda, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan and Honda.
• Know how to properly care for a high voltage battery prior to and during the repair process.
• Identify the different types of alternative fuel vehicles currently on the market, as well as concepts in tomorrow’s technology.

Both of these online programs are also available in the live, instructor-led format. Online programs that have been converted from the live format contain the same content, according to I-CAR.

To register for the courses, or for more information, visit

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