The seventh installment of National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey will be held on October 17, 2014. The NAFTC is actively seeking Odyssey site coordinators, partners, and sponsors.

National AFV Day Odyssey is a nationwide, biennial celebration created by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) to promote the use of, and educate the public on, alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.
Since its beginning in 2002, Odyssey has grown in size and impact. In 2012, 152 sites hosted Odyssey events in the United States, France, and Sweden. More than 250,000 attendees took part in activities such as ride-and-drives, educational seminars, and AFV/advanced technology vehicle training workshops, while being provided with numerous networking opportunities. In addition, Odyssey’s message reached more than 200 million individuals through media outlets.

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The 2012 National AFV Day Odyssey Kickoff event was held in Indianapolis, IN and featured dozens of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Credit: NAFTC.

The National AFV Day Odyssey Advisory Committee has been formed and held its kickoff meeting on January 21. The committee includes experts in the fields of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, training, and education and outreach, including:

Honda Motor Company – Elizabeth Munger
Propane Education & Research Council – Michael Taylor
University of Northwestern Ohio – Andy O’Neal
U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities – Shannon Shea
National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium – William Davis, Judy Moore, and Virginia McMillen

“It was an honor to speak with the Advisory Committee members and to gather their input regarding Odyssey,” said Virginia McMillen, Odyssey manager. “I am glad to work with them and to put their ideas into action over the upcoming months.”

During the meeting, the committee discussed the history of Odyssey, including past themes and audiences. The members also shared how Odyssey is important to them and their organizations.

“We, at the NAFTC, will benefit from the committee members’ ideas, especially regarding growing Odyssey,” McMillen added. “These individuals have experience in the industry and know what will allow us to make Odyssey 2014 the most successful event yet.”

Odyssey is a unique opportunity to reach millions of people through site events held across the country, and the world, as well as through media coverage. This event unites individuals as everyone on the same day learns about the importance of AFVs and advanced technology vehicles and the role they play in achieving cleaner air and energy independence!

Events such as Odyssey play a major role in the acceptance of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Nearly 11 million alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles are on the roads today.* The job is not done. We must continue the journey and it will take all of us working together to continue to make a difference.

To learn more about how you can become an Odyssey site coordinator, partner, or sponsor, please contact Courtney DePottey at 304-293-7882 or e-mail her at Courtney.DePottey@mail.wvu.edu. To sign up to host an Odyssey event, complete the Odyssey Hosting Form.

* http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=93&t=4




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