PHILADELPHIA, October 17, 2014—On October 17, Community College of Philadelphia will showcase alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles that help reduce harmful emissions during its National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey event.\
The event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Community College of Philadelphia’s West Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut St., is part of Odyssey, 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, which is themed “Driving Toward a Clean, Secure Energy Future.”
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission is sponsoring this event. The College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program will provide lunch for registered attendees. Nationwide, Odyssey expects to attract more than 250,000 attendees at 100 sites across the country.
In Philadelphia, more than 60 students will participate from area schools including 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.
In the morning, industry experts will give 20 minute presentations. From noon to 3 p.m. an AFV auto show will feature hybrid, compressed natural gas (CNG), biodiesel and electric vehicles from leading manufacturers including BMW, Toyota and Honda. In addition, AFV buses and vehicles used by SEPTA, Philadelphia Gas Works and other organizations will be on display.
Presenters include: Daniel Reed, an assistant professor at Community College of Philadelphia, who teaches in the Transportation Technologies Management program and will discuss 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 will also participate. For more information about National AFV Day Odyssey, visit www.afvdayodyssey.org.
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