At the Community College of Philadelphia, the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to improve the environment and lessen dependence on foreign oil was celebrated during its National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey event.
It is one of many similar expos held across the United States and internationally. National AFV Day Odyssey is a biennial event created and coordinated by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) at West Virginia University. This year marks the 12th anniversary of the event and is themed “Driving Toward a Clean, Secure Energy Future.”
More than 60 attended from schools that include Thomas Alva Edison High School/John C. Fareira Skills Center, Jules E. Mastbaum High School, Swenson Arts and Technology High School, A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School, The Workshop School, and Universal Audenried Charter School.
Odyssey at the West Regional Center has demonstrations and displays from leading organizations in the alternative fuel industry. From 9 a.m. to noon, industry experts gave 20 minute presentations. From noon to 3 p.m. an AFV car show featured hybrid, compressed natural gas (CNG), biodiesel and electric vehicles including those from BMW, Toyota and Honda, as well as AFV buses and vehicles used by SEPTA, Philadelphia Gas Works and other organizations. Presenters included: Daniel Reed, an assistant professor at Community College of Philadelphia, who teaches in the Transportation Technologies Management program and will speak on hybrid technologies and safety; Robert “Mickey” McLaughlin, executive vice president of sales, marketing and new development for U-Go Stations, a Pennsylvania corporation working to develop the infrastructure for electric vehicle public charging stations; and The Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EP-ACT), a coalition of public and private stakeholders sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy to promote the development and use of alternative fuels and AFVs. Dozens of businesses and nonprofit organizations that are stakeholders in the alternative fuels industry also participated.
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission sponsored the event. The College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program provided lunch for registered attendees.
Nationwide, Odyssey attracts more than 250,000 attendees at 100 sites across the country. For more information about National AFV Day Odyssey, visit www.afvdayodyssey.org.