The vehicles of tomorrow are not as far away as many people think. As a matter of fact, National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey, the nation’s largest alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle awareness event recently gave consumers the opportunity to learn about vehicles that are much more advanced than the cars and trucks of yesteryear.

During Odyssey 2014 representatives from National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium Headquarters traveled to spread this message to numerous Odyssey events.

National Odyssey Kickoff Event

Odyssey 2014 kicked off on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with a panel of representatives from Odyssey partners and sponsors, including keynote speaker U.S. DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar. Other speakers included:

Robert A. Vogel, Superintendent, National Park Service
John O’Donnell, Senior Energy Policy Adviser to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (WV)
Nancy Bechtol, Director of Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations, Smithsonian Institution
Tucker Perkins, Chief Business Development Officer, Propane Education and Research Council
Ron Flowers, Executive Director, Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition
John O’Donnell, President and CEO, Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association

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U.S. DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar served as the keynote speaker for the Odyssey 2014 National Kickoff Event. Credit: NAFTC.

Moore explains, “The National Mall is the ideal stage to host the National Kickoff Event. Thousands of consumers and visitors from across the U.S. and around world were able to ask questions about the vehicles on display, including how they work and where they can be purchased.”

The Kickoff served as the heart of the events taking place across America on the same day. The Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition served as host for the Kickoff Event.

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Ron Flowers, Executive Director, Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition spoke about alternative fuel vehicle initiatives in Washington, D.C. during the National Kickoff Event. Credit: NAFTC.

West Virginia Governor’s Energy Summit

Following the kickoff event, the NAFTC and the West Virginia Division of Energy Clean State Program joined forces to conduct an Odyssey event as part of the Governor’s Energy Summit at Stonewall Resort.

The Governor’s Energy Summit, titled “West Virginia: Committed to a Sound Energy Future,” featured speakers and presenters from around the country on topics including the state of coal in 2014, the effects of EPA regulations, the marketing of post-mined lands and benefits of alternative energy.

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West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin spoke about energy resources in West Virginia. Credit: NAFTC.

Seizing the opportunity to provide awareness to the Summit attendees about the benefits of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, the NAFTC and the West Virginia Clean State Program provided a speaker line-up and conducted presentations on the past, present, and future of gaseous fuels in West Virginia. Speakers from companies who have actively been developing infrastructure for the fuels, and those who have transitioned their fleet to natural gas and propane discussed their experiences with the fuels. Natural gas and propane vehicles were also on display throughout the summit so that attendees could view and interact with the vehicles.

The event at the Governor’s Energy Summit is one of many Odyssey events hosted by U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalitions.

National Center for Coal and Energy

The NAFTC participated in another event close to home. West Virginia University’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy, the WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design celebrated National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey on October 15, 2015 with a variety of exhibits and vehicles on campus to educate students about alternative fuel vehicles and research being conducted at WVU. Included in the displays was information about the NAFTC and its curricula and courses.

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Members of WVU’s EcoCAR team pose with their display at the WVU NRCCE Odyssey event. Credit: NRCCE.

West Virginia Oil and Gas Expo

Also close to home, the NAFTC hosted an Odyssey exhibit at the West Virginia Oil and Gas Expo in Morgantown, WV. The event was organized to enhance the oil and gas industries in West Virginia.

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The NAFTC brought the Mobile Alternative Energy Learning Center to the WV Oil and Gas Expo. Credit: NAFTC.

Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo

NAFTC Assistant Director Curricula and Training Micheal Smyth hosted an NAFTC Odyssey event during the Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo. The conference, organized by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, was a special event partner of Odyssey. Industry representatives from across the southeast United States attended the event to hear and exchange ideas for clean energy.

Pennsylvania Automotive Recycling Trade Society

NAFTC Assistant Director Communications and Outreach Judy Moore exhibited and spoke at the Pennsylvania Automotive Recycling Trade Society meeting in Mars, PA.

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NAFTC Assistant Director Communications and Outreach Judy Moore talked about the importance of safely recycling alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles during the PARTS Meeting. Credit: NAFTC.

For information on other Odyssey events across the country, see the related eNews story here.




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