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San Diego to celebrate National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition will celebrate the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles during its National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey event this week.

The Odyssey will be from 9 am to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, 8690 Balboa Ave., Suite 100, east of the 163 freeway.

San Diego Clean Cities’ event is one of more than 160 being held concurrently across the United States. National AFV Day Odyssey was created by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, a program of West Virginia University, in 2002 and held every two years since.

“We are pleased to join Odyssey 2012 as we continue to drive change across America,” said Kevin Wood, coordinator of San Diego Clean Cities. “With our event we will spread the message of embracing alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and commemorate Odyssey’s Decade of Difference.”

The San Diego Odyssey event will include presentations from experts in alternative fuels and technologies including propane, natural gas, biofuels, and electricity. Participants can learn about the incentives available for alternative fuel vehicles and the partnerships that support their use.

The event will also showcase the green mobility options available to all San Diegans. Some of the latest in alternative fuel vehicles will also be on display.

Odyssey is supported in part by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, through a grant for the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program. Additionally, Honda and Toyota are 2012 national sponsors and longtime supporters of Odyssey, while AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and West Virginia University are national partners of the event.

For more information about the San Diego event, visit sdcleanfuels.org or contact Kevin Wood at 858-244-7295 or Kevin.Wood@energycenter.org.

For more information about national events, visit nationalafvdayodyssey.org.

About the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium

The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium is the only nationwide alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle training organization in the U.S. The NAFTC’s mission is to provide the training infrastructure for implementing the widespread use of alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicles. The effort to increase our nation’s energy security, as well as improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is embodied in the NAFTC’s motto “Because Clean Air and Energy Independence Matter.” Founded in 1992, the NAFTC is headquartered at West Virginia University and consists of National Training Centers located nationwide from Maine to California. Each center provides Training with Impact through its experienced instructors and real-world shop facilities. Numerous other members from secondary schools, small businesses, government and industry also support the NAFTC’s mission. More than 1,100 courses have been conducted by the NAFTC, resulting in more than 16,500 trained technicians in AFVs and advanced technology vehicles.