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Honors Program students learn about hybrid, electric vehicles

Honors Program students learn about hybrid, electric vehicles

honors program members standing outside

Pictured, from left to right, are Sheila Young (human services management, Caneadea);
Sheila’s husband, Brian Young; Liam DeChick (motorsports technology, Syracuse); Samuel Olin
(electrical engineering technology, Hornell); Serene Good (financial planning, Wappingers Falls);
and Professor Terrence Morgan.

Members of the Alfred State Honors Program recently enjoyed a rare sunny afternoon at the Wellsville campus by examining the college’s fleet of hybrid and electric automobiles.

The cars, purchased with money from grants earned by faculty and students, are used to train technicians to service these still somewhat unique vehicles. Several graduating seniors in the program explained the intricacies and risks faced when servicing electric cars. Note to “shade tree” mechanics: those orange wires mean “very high voltage!”

Honors Program members then took turns driving the cars around Wellsville. Everyone got a bonus when several classic cars arrived, driven by local members of the Chemung Valley Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Especially impressive was a beautifully restored 1953 Chevy two-door hardtop owned by Jerry Perry, of Andover.