The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium exceeded its goals for the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey 2014 with 107 events across the country and internationally in Mexico and South Africa. Preliminary results for the event, conducted in October, indicate that all goals were once again surpassed, with an estimated event attendance of more than 250,000 individuals, and more than 100 million individuals reached through media.
National AFV Day Odyssey is a biennial education event dedicated to educating the public about the importance of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles for our nation’s energy security and a cleaner environment. The NAFTC started Odyssey in 2002 and has continued to conduct the event every two years with increasing success.
“We are thrilled that Odyssey continues to be such a huge success! Hundreds of organizations joined together to host Odyssey events this year, and hundreds of millions of consumers have been reached by Odyssey’s message about the importance of alternative fuel vehicles for our nation’s energy security and environmental health,” said Judy Moore, NAFTC assistant director, communications and outreach and national Odyssey coordinator.
The Propane Education and Research Council and American Honda Motor Company sponsored Odyssey 2014. National partners included the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Program, Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).
Odyssey event hosting organizations customize their events to feature fuels and technologies available in their geographic location. The events vary from small informational tables to large conferences with thousands of participants. No matter how big or small, the events all serve to spread the word about how transportation is changing; creating a clean, secure energy future.
Odyssey events were held by NAFTC National Training Centers, U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalitions, secondary schools, and many other groups and organizations. Below is an overview of selected Odyssey events from 2014. For more information on these events and others, please visit the event web pages on the Odyssey website.
In Utah, hundreds of students were bused from across the state to Utah State University Eastern to learn about alternative fuels. Credit: Utah State University Eastern
The Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition Odyssey event included information on plug-in hybrids and other electric drive cars and their HOV lane access, a booth by the Arizona State University EcoCar3 team and tours of the Gateway Community College alternative fuel technology training center.
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College held their Odyssey 2014 event in conjunction with the college’s 50th anniversary Open House. Participants could visit the college, view the programs, and participate in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle demonstrations.
Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition hosted their 2014 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey event during the Parent & Family Weekend and in conjunction with National Plug-in Day at the University of Texas at Arlington. A Nissan Leaf was on display for the parents and students to check out. Family members and college students stopped by the booth to spin the wheel and answer an air quality or clean vehicle question.
These are only a few of the 2014 National AFV Day Odyssey events. As event information is received, it will be added to its local event web page on the Odyssey website and will also be included in the 2014 National AFV Day Odyssey Executive Summary, available spring 2015.