The NEF recently held its most popular Masterclass to date as lecturers journeyed hundreds of miles from all corners of the country to the Nissan car plant in Sunderland to learn about electric vehicles.
The over-subscribed Masterclass was an official component of the UK Climate Week initiative which ran between 21st and 27th March, having been endorsed by Climate Week founder Kevin Steele during the event’s launch.
The Nissan car plant played host to 40 lecturers from 23 colleges across the country. It was a busy and productive day in which lecturers learnt about fuel cells, electric and hybrid technologies, drive train systems, the development of electric vehicles and their future. There was also a tour of the Sunderland plant with practical demonstrations and exercises enabling lecturers to get their hands on low carbon manufacturing.
The Masterclass coincided with the UK release of Nissan’s new Leaf car, the current European Car of the year. Lecturers were able to gain a unique insight into the cutting edge technology behind it and the kind of charging infrastructure that would be required to maintain this car.
The transport sector accounts for a third of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the UK, yet the manufacturing, servicing and repair of these vehicles require a skill set outside that of traditional car mechanics. The attendees of the Masterclass have taken a vital first step in addressing this problem by learning about cutting edge low carbon technology which they can now introduce into the curriculum at their colleges.