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Automotive Research & Design Opens Hybrid, EV Training Center

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April 23, 2014—Automotive Research & Design (AR&D)  on Wednesday announced the opening of its new hybrid and electric vehicle training center in Fitchburg, Wisc.

The training center will be the headquarters for training courses offered to automotive service and education professionals.

AR&D said the training center is the first dedicated aftermarket facility to offer training on a regular basis specifically for hybrid and electric vehicle systems.

“This training center environment will be the first of its kind in the automotive aftermarket, to educate and train students by bridging the complex OEM hybrid and electric systems technology with innovative aftermarket diagnostic and service engineering solutions that are powered by AR&D,” said Mark Quarto, chief technical officer of AR&D.

The 6,500-square-foot facility is equipped to support 24 participants in an interactive classroom with an adjacent 4,000-square-foot shop.

The shop area will support up to six vehicles for hands-on training, and contains an array of equipment including OEM and aftermarket scan tools, thermal imaging cameras, and AR&D’s hybrid electric vehicle battery and electric transmission diagnostic and repair equipment kits.

The courses are credentialed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International.

The facility will host a grand opening on May 15 with a one-day training event and industry reception.

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