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Growing hybrid, EV car trend sparks new classes at HCC

With the ever-changing environment of the automotive industry, many more consumers are buying hybrid and electric cars. For the people who fix those vehicles, learning how to repair them is becoming more of a priority.

“Its getting to the point where there are thousands of hybrid vehicles sold across America and across the country that we now have to kind of incorporate it into our curriculum,” Honolulu Community College instructor Noel Alcaron said.

Alcaron is one of several instructors at Honolulu Community College who attended a four-day workshop to learn about how hybrid and electric vehicles work.

“The EV vehicles are little more easy easier to understand because they took out the engine, but the drawback is you have to plug in the vehicle you have to make sure you charge it,” Alcaron said.

HCC is the first school in the state to offer non-credit and credit courses in hybrid and electric vehicle maintenance.

The grant helped the college purchase two Nissan Leafs and hire personnel to teach the courses.

“Having a regular automobile being real mechanical so the engine all the valves moving and then you have these hybrid electric vehicles they’re all electrical theory. It’s going to be harder for the student because you can’t really see what’s happening,” HCC lecturer Will Snyder said.

The courses are designed to help experienced mechanics and people interested in getting into the field.
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