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Up Your Voltage

This is an 8 Day class held in Worcester, MA. After teaching hybrid technology in classrooms for years, I kept hearing the same request “I want an extensive hands-on class”. OK! It is here. Up Your Voltage! Classes have been held since June 2006. Everyone is better than the last as ACDC learns more and adds more value.

“Up Your Voltage” started with 3 ACDC HEVs in 2006, a 2000 Honda Insight, 2003 Civic Hybrid, 2001 Prius, and a Toyota Prius. Then a 2005 Ford Escape HEV was added. Next a 2007 Camry HEV, then a 2007 Highlander AWD HEV. A 2010 Prius (3rd gen) found a home and later a Honda Civic 2006 HEV (second gen) and a 2010 Honda Insight II. In 2011, a Chevy Volt and soon after a 2011 Nissan Leaf. Next was a 2013 VW Jetta HEV and a 3-year lease of a Chevy Bolt EV (It was turned back in). Add in a 2019 Kia Niro EV and you have almost every system needed to study EMV technology. In July of 2022, we added Tesla Training with the addition of a Tesla 2020 Model 3 AWD long range. As ACDC is gearing up for the 2-wheeled market, a 2020 Zero EV motorcycle was added as well. A 2014 Vectrix EV 40 mph scooter joined the fleet a few years back. That is 17 different makes and models.

 All of the ACDC fleets of cars will be here. Get yourself to Massachusetts and spend two weeks studying, driving, testing, scanning, scoping, servicing, and taking these EMVs apart. All I ask is that they run when you leave. ACDC has lots of parts to work with, scan tools, and scopes. The class is based on today’s technology and teaching methods. What you are missing in your training will be answered.

What happens on the weekend off in Worcester. If you want to return home (assuming you live nearby, you can. The weekend hotel is included in the fee, so you can stay there. Borrow an ACDC and see New England (have your spouse fly into Worcester for the weekend. Take the train to Boston and learn the history of our founding Fathers and Mothers. Lots to do here. Everything is a short drive away.

8 Day HEV, PHEV, and EV at ACDC



$8,000.00 with private room. Call Office to enroll or see if there is a seat available at 508-826-4546 or Email

All classes, drinks, meals, snacks, 12 night accommodation, transportation to use while you are here, all power point training materials on a 16 gig jump drive, (bring your laptop), the ACDC 360 page Hybrid, EV Color manual (written by Craig and sells $250.00), EMV College Level Textbook ($350) and our L3 Color Prep Guide ($125), all our recorded web based training for HEV, EV and OEM recorded webinars (over 30 hours of web training), use of shop equipment, use of HEV/ PHEV/ EV cars, an ACDC Master Hybrid Qualification (if you pass the written test and pre-qualify), and ACDC hospitality.

Before Class Starts

Before Class Starts

Once the class is sold out, we will meet once a week online at noon EST for 20 minutes to get to know each other, answer questions and get ready for class.

You will receive our 3 color books (eBooks) and HEV 101, EV 101 and OEM webinars no matter where you live. That is over 30 hours of on-line training. If you do not finish the pre-study the codes will allow you to study for 6 more months when you return home. At the training center there is only hands-on training.


You can purchase ahead of time a Glove Safety Kit that includes High Voltage Gloves, Leather protectors, a magnetic storage bag, eye protection and an ACDC Duffel Bag. Also ACDC patches, meters, hybrid parts for your classroom and more. Talk to Craig about this before you come and we will bring what you want to class from our store.

If you pre-qualify you will receive an “ACDC Master Hybrid Technician” certificate upon completion and testing of this 8 day class.

Drive, Fly, Bus, Train or Motorcycle your way to Worcester, Massachusetts (Boston is 40 miles to the East) or get picked up by the ACDC staff when you arrive in  Worcester. Settle down at the provided accommodation and attend a pre meeting at 8pm the night before. Try to get to the Hotel about 6pm the day before. Get a good nights sleep and get ready for training that is first rate, fun, and exciting. We will go where few have gone before! You will visit the ACDC office and store while you are here. We have cool and useful stuff.

Travel Day:  8pm -9pm Welcome Reception. Re-read the L3 guide on the plane and start thinking High Voltage!

Day 1 8:30 –5:30 pm.

Dinner @ 5:30pm. This day we jump right into the Honda HEVs and parts. The theory part of hybrid technology was taught on-line so we will only review that. If you have any gaps in your educational background, ACDC will get you up to speed. High Voltage batteries will be disassembled and reassembled. The FEAR of high voltage will be put to rest. You will be tested for your electrical knowledge the first day.

Day 2 8:30 – 5:30 pm

Get up early, eat hearty and off we go to the classroom. Class is 8:30 – 5:30 with lunch and dinner catered so we can get down to business. Honda and Ford HEVs will be used to drive during and after class. Craig Van Batenburg will lead the class. The class is an advanced class that continues where the day before left off. We will go over anything that is required by any student so that you have a complete understanding of the subject matter. Scan tools will be used this day.

Instructor is Craig Van Batenburg, CMAT, L1, and L3 Certified

Day 3 8:30 to 5:30 pm

Toyota HEV training amd more components. We will review carefully what we did as teams over the last two days. More battery training and workshop exercises plus more time using scan tools while driving the hybrid fleet. The ACDC shop will allow you access to lifts, tools, equipment, scanners, (this is a well equipped shop) and give you time to carefully remove the HV battery packs, inverters, HV cables, DC-DC converters, and anything else that interests you. We will test them as we go. We will have 3 teams with many group lessons. The hybrid cars will be rotated to another team and so on. Lunches are catered by one of our best local caterers.  This class is a lot like boot camp. It is total immersion.

Day 4 8:30 to 5:30 pm

After breakfast we are off to the ACDC site again. Today is Euro Training. ACDC has a VW Jetta HEV in our fleet and hired a local Euro Tech / Shop owner and Up Your Voltage Graduate (UYV), George, to design and teach this day, along with Aiden and his E-Golf. Aiden is a smart ACDC staffer and college student.  Euro day was started at UYV 58.  Lots of Euro HEV and EVs are coming your way.

Location:  24 Wells Street, Worcester, Massachusetts  USA

Weekend Off

What happens on the weekend off in Worcester. If you want to return home (assuming you live nearby, you can). The weekend hotel you are in includes the fee, so you can stay there. Borrow an ACDC vehicle and see New England (have your spouse fly into Worcester for the weekend). Take the train to Boston and learn the history of our founding Fathers and Mothers. Lots to do here. Everything is a short drive away.

Evenings. Every night except one we have planned a dinner for everyone and some fun will be added in as well. One night off for exploring and $20 for a meal. Good local old fashioned diners are famous in this area.

Day 5 8:30 to 5:30 pm

After breakfast we will be back at the site for day #5.  Matt, an UYV Graduate, is a tech at his fathers shop and will spend the day with you teaching you what he has learned in the bay fixing and maintaining Toyota HEV and PHEVs. Great Tips taught by the ACDC trainers. More tech tips and getting the Toyota training you need.  This type of personal training in unique and the trainers are there to get you ready to fix EMVs when you get back to work. You will be ready for no-starts and driveabilty problems.

Day 6 8:30 to 5:30 pm

We continue with Jeff, a veteran with ACDC. Jeff did UYV #3 and has been helping ACDC get smarter ever since. He is the EV man. There are many EVs in the market. He will teach you using the Volt, Leaf and Kia Niro EV. They all plug-in. This is your future. Consider this the day we look into the immediate future.

We accept AMX, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and a check 30 days ahead of time.

Day 7 8:30 to 5:30 pm

Day 7 will discuss common failure items on the most popular EMVs. Also will explain why jump-starting a hybrid car can be detrimental to the high-voltage system. More time will be spent on scanning cars that we have bugged with real-life problems. Specialize test procedures that were created at ACDC will be taught and you can practice while you are here. If you are unfamiliar with testing resolvers we will take out the mystery.

Day 8 8:30 to 5:30 pm

We will review carefully what we did as teams over the last two weeks. There will be time for each team to present a “teachable moment”. The list of “What I wanted to learn” will be reviewed.  A good wrap up session. More training on what he missed or the class feels they need more of. Fuel cells will also be a subject. A group photo, and at 5pm it is graduation time. Your mind will now be ready for any hybrid or EV problem that comes your way and all in just 8 days. “Up Your Voltage!” will be your mantra.

Optional FUN before or after class:

Relax and enjoy ACDC country on your own. Borrow an ACDC Hybrid before or after the class and see the country side. New England is a beautiful place (your only addition cost is more hotel nights and some food)

ACDC needs the cars back before class. This is on a “first come, first serve” basis so call ahead.

Updated 10/13/21