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Capital Region BOCES students gear up for electric car repair training

A new pilot program to train automotive technicians in electric car technology received a valuable donation Tuesday when Capital Region BOCES took receipt of an electric car to help students train.

The New York Power Authority donated a retired electric vehicle to the BOCES Career & Technical School in Albany to help students develop the skills they need to work in the clean energy industry.

“Nationwide enrollment in automotive schools has been plummeting. This is a great opportunity to foster workforce development in our youth, especially in underprivileged communities,” said Lisa Payne Wansley, vice president of environmental justice at the power authority. “This is game-changing and will serve to level the playing field for adolescents in the Capital Region.” 

To start the program, the power authority donated three retired electric vehicles to automotive technical institutions across the upstate region. Along with Capital Region BOCES, Orleans-Niagara BOCES in Medina in the

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Nissan Sets up New Business Unit for African Region | Investing News

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Japanese automotive group Nissan is to set up a new regional business unit for Africa as it seeks to boost manufacturing capacity and penetrate one of the world’s biggest undeveloped new car markets.

The move marks a reorganisation of the company’s disparate operations on the continent, bringing them within one entity headed by Mike Whitfield, who has previously served as managing director of Nissan’s units in both South Africa and Egypt.

“Beyond internal operating enhancements, this also positions Nissan to focus on the massive opportunity that Africa presents to the organisation globally,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s population and household incomes are rising. But its 1 billion inhabitants account for only 1% of the world’s new passenger car sales, based on industry data.

Most carmakers have focused manufacturing and sales in South Africa – the continent’s most developed economy – which accounts

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