The 2012 National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey began at the pre-kickoff event conducted at the Mountainlair in the heart of West Virginia University’s downtown campus in Morgantown on October 12. Around 1,250 students, staff, and faculty of WVU experienced the Odyssey event, and learned about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.

The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) hosted the event; it was sponsored locally by the West Virginia Division of Energy/WV Clean State Program, Chesapeake Energy, and Alternative Fuel Solutions of Pennsylvania.

“Use of the Mountainlair gave us a great opportunity to connect with the student body,” said Al Ebron, NAFTC executive director. “It allowed for a discussion of what we at the NAFTC are about and what we are doing with National AFV Day Odyssey. Through Odyssey, our goal was to help all of our attendees understand the importance of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and how they can help make a difference in reducing our nation’s dependence on petroleum.”

At the Mountainlair, the NAFTC displayed its cutaway model of a Toyota Prius, HEVTE (Hybrid Electric Vehicle Training Educator), and a Chevy Volt, which is an extended range, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Credit: NAFTC.

The Monongalia County Technical Education Center provided its electric vehicle, “Sparky,” a 1993 Mazda MX3 converted to electric drive by students at MTEC. Credit: NAFTC.

Chesapeake Energy featured a compressed natural gas Chevy Silverado and spokesperson Phillip Pfister (winner of the 2006 Met-Rx World’s Strongest Man competition) was on hand to answer questions. Credit: NAFTC.

The Blue Bird Corporation exhibited one of its propane-powered school buses. Credit: NAFTC.

The event also featured information tables from the NAFTC, WECAN: WVU Office of Sustainability, and Alternative Fuel Solutions of Pennsylvania.

In addition to learning about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, those attending the Mountainlair preview of this nationwide event had an opportunity to register to win an Apple iPad. Participants who completed a survey about the event were eligible. Malik Hampton, a freshman Business Major, won the iPad drawing.

Bobbi Schrout, Odyssey Assistant, presents the Apple iPad to winner Malik Hampton as Michael Polak, NAFTC Writer/Editor holds an Odyssey poster. Credit: NAFTC.

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