Hybrid-electric cars subject of evening course at Centennial College

    TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - With hybrid-electric vehicles becoming
commonplace on Canadian roads, more and more auto technicians and drivers are
curious about what goes on under the hood of these gas-saving cars and trucks.
    To that end Centennial College, in collaboration with the Canadian
Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) Council, is offering a new training
course on hybrid vehicle technology - the first of its kind to be offered in
    The 16-hour training course is designed to give participants an
understanding of hybrid-electric technology, including critical safety issues
and how to perform routine maintenance and service on current production
hybrid component systems from leading manufacturers such as General Motors,
Honda and Toyota.
    The part-time course is intended for practicing automotive technicians
that want to offer aftermarket service. It is also an invaluable aid to
service advisors, autobody repairers or tow-truck operators who may be first
at an accident scene involving a hybrid. Hybrid vehicle owners and enthusiasts
can also enrol, although the level of technical information may be high for
many laypersons.
    A hybrid-electric vehicle combines a conventional gasoline engine with an
electric motor fed by an on-board rechargeable energy storage system to
achieve better fuel economy than a conventional engine can achieve on its own.
The presence of the high-voltage electrical system can be a potential hazard
to technicians and shade-tree mechanics who wish to work on these vehicles.
    Centennial's hybrid technology course begins Sept. 17 at its Ashtonbee
Campus in Scarborough, home to Canada's largest transportation technology
school. The course is scheduled on Wednesday evenings in four-hour blocks over
four weeks. A second class begins on Oct. 22.
    For more details, visit www.centennialcollege.ca/parttime.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications
Officer, Centennial College, mtoljagic@centennialcollege.ca, (416) 289-5000,
ext. 7142

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