National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey, the largest nationwide, outreach and education event dedicated to promoting the use of alternative transportation technologies, will kick off at 10 a.m. October 17 at The National Mall in Washington, DC. The event will recognize the more than 100 additional locations across the U.S., Mexico, and South Africa conducting events as part of Odyssey.
Odyssey, created in 2002 by the NAFTC, is a biennial, nationwide celebration to promote the use of and educate the public on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. This year marks the twelfth anniversary of the event and is themed “Driving toward a clean, secure energy future.” Since its inception, Odyssey has reached more than 400 million individuals through event attendance and media reach.
Odyssey has again attracted the support of industry giants, such as American Honda Motor Co. and the Propane Education & Research Council, who are sponsoring the 2014 event. National partners for the event include the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.
National AFV Day Odyssey events will take place across the United States. Credit: NAFTC.
The Washington National Kickoff Event will be a free, family-friendly event hosted by the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition, and sponsored locally by Washington Gas and Clyde Power. The event will feature a press event at 10 a.m., and vehicle displays, the NAFTC mobile Alternative Energy Learning Center, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Training Educator, and educational videos throughout the day.
The NAFTC Alternative Energy Learning Center was featured at an Odyssey event earlier this month in conjunction with the West Virginia Oil and Gas Expo. Credit: NAFTC.
NAFTC Assistant Director – Communications and Outreach and National AFV Day Odyssey Coordinator Judy Moore explains, “The National Mall is the ideal stage to host the National Kickoff Event. We anticipate thousands of consumers and visitors from across the U.S. and around the world will take advantage of the opportunity to see these vehicles up close and ask questions about how they work and where they can be purchased.”
Thousands of event participants will join governmental agencies, environmental organizations, businesses, universities, community colleges, and secondary schools across the nation for local Odyssey events across the U.S.
Odyssey event Site Hosts tailor their events to fit the resources, fuels, and vehicles available in their area. Samples of upcoming Odyssey event activities are listed below.
Sacramento Clean Cities Odyssey event at the California Automobile Museum will take place on October 15 and 16 and will feature NAFTC Petroleum Reduction Technologies Workshops for fleets, tours of an anaerobic digester and a public access hydrogen fueling station, a Zero-Emission Vehicle Ride-and-Drive, and a Double Header Keynote Luncheon featuring Mark Smith, Vehicle Technologies Deployment Manager for the Department of Energy’s National Clean Cities Program, and Bill Van Amburg, Senior Vice President of CALSTART.
Utah State University Eastern and Utah Clean Cities Coalition will host an Odyssey event at USU Eastern’s McDonald Career Center on October 22 featuring a Toyota Prius with the portions of the body removed so that visitors can view and learn about the battery pack and other internal systems, information on lab scope diagnosis, and chassis dynamometer with vehicle driving an IM240 Trace. Schools are busing students up to five and a half hours to attend the event.
The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities Odyssey event will include alternative fuel vehicle ride-n-drives, breakout sessions on alternative fuel vehicles and conversions, fueling infrastructure, funding and training, shuttles and taxies, and alternative fuels at well sites. Speakers will include: Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey and Pittsburgh City Council Daniel Gilman. The event will be held at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center on October 17.
This is only a sampling of the more than 100 events taking place nationwide. To find an Odyssey event near you please visit the Odyssey sites map here. Additional site information is available at the Odyssey webpage here. We encourage you to visit a local Odyssey event near you!
Additional information is available at the Odyssey website at www.AFVDayOdyssey.org.