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WVU expert discusses electric vehicle maintenance on PBS “Motorweek”

  Michael Smyth
Micheal Smyth (l) explaining electric vehicle maintenance to Pat Gross on the PBS show “Motorweek” using NAFTC's cutaway training Prius.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Micheal Smyth, interim director of the  National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at  West Virginia University, will be featured on a national broadcast of ”Motorweek” this weekend.  Smyth will discuss electric vehicle maintenance with master mechanic and show host Pat Goss in the “Goss’ Garage” segment of the show.


  Micheal Smyth, Interim Director 

WVU National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium

“It’s so important that people understand that electric vehicles are just as safe as traditional vehicles, but have different maintenance requirements,” Smyth noted. “In many cases maintenance is much easier and maintenance costs are substantially lower for electric vehicles.”

The segment airs this Saturday (May 25) at 2:30 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.  Dates and times may vary and viewers should consult their local listings.

During the interview, Smyth and Goss discuss electric vehicle systems, best maintenance practices and current electric vehicle industry trends. 

Smyth commented, “This segment of ‘Goss’ Garage’ will help demystify electric vehicle systems and allow us to reach the millions of viewers who tune in each week to learn about cleaner vehicles.”


Micheal Smyth (r) points out that electric vehicles can have lower maintenance costs to Pat Gross on the PBS show “Motorweek.” The segment prominently features NAFTC's cutaway training Prius.

NAFTC’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Training Educator, also known as HEVTE or the cutaway Prius, features prominently during the segment. HEVTE is a third generation, fully functional Toyota Prius with plexiglass panels over major components so they can be viewed directly during electric drive vehicle training or education events.

The NAFTC is a program of WVU's Energy Institute. Founded in 1992, the NAFTC is the only nationwide training organization dedicated to educating the nation about alternative fuel vehicles through curriculum development, training implementation, and outreach and education activities.

“MotorWeek”  is television’s longest-running automotive series and debuted in 1981 as the first weekly series to offer consumer-oriented car and truck reviews, do-it-yourself car care tips, and the latest auto industry news. “MotorWeek” airs on more than 240 public broadcasting stations nationwide.

The episode can also be viewed on “Motorweek’s” YouTube channel next week and will air on Motor Trend Network at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 4 and repeat at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, June 9.



CONTACT: Virginia McMillen, National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium,  304.293.7882; 

Go to this link to view the NATFC website. 

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