Host Site Coordinator: Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Event Type: Vehicle Displays, Ride-and-Drive, Speakers and Vendor Displays, Alternative Energy Demonstrations
Attendees: 125 Students, Educators, Government Officials, Community Groups, Fleet Owners
Sponsors/Partners: Robert Bosch LLC, Eaton Corporation, Metro Toyota, Saturn of Kalamazoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Metro Transit Authority, Coca-Cola, USA, Western Michigan University Biodiesel Research Program/Bronco Biodiesel, Breakaway Bicycles, Paw Paw Rentals – Dixie Choppers, Smart Car Club of America, LiveRoof, Michigan Corn Growers Association, Steensma Lawn and Power Equipment Company, Michigan DEQ, and Macomb Community College
Event Highlights: Odyssey 2008 included the popular rideand- drive of hybrid vehicles and static displays of numerous alternative fuel vehicles, including a 1903 Columbia Runabout, electric motorcycle, Metro Transit hybrid bus and a Coca Cola® diesel-electric tractor and beverage trailer. KVCC faculty members provided additional displays on other forms of alternative energy, including solar and wind technology. Alternative fuel and energy efficiency information was distributed to participants. Three lectures were provided throughout the day on “Peak Oil Production,” “Wind Technology” and Alternative Fuel Vehicles Overview.” In addition, tours and demonstrations of the KVCC Automotive Technology, HVAC and Electrical Technology labs were available. Several door prizes and other giveaways capped the day’s events.
Host Site Co-Coordinators: Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI
Event Type: Vehicle Exhibits, Speakers, Seminars
Attendees: 200 Students, Educators, Government Officials, Community Groups, Fleet Owners
Participating Sponsors / Partners: Great Lake Flex Fuel, LLC, Breakaway Bicycles and Fitness, Inc., Michigan DEQ, Western Michigan University’s Biodiesel research program, Bronco Biodiesel, Kalamazoo Bicycle Club, and Chrystal Flash Energy
Event Highlights: A very popular ride-and-drive with hybrids, clean diesels, and advance displacement on demand technology vehicles allowed attendees to experience alternative fuel vehicles first hand. A static vehicle display and demo included a Hybrid Bucket Truck demo, a Metro Transit Hybrid bus display, and a BioDiesel Michigan Department of Transportation plow truck display. Also on display were an electric vehicle, an electric motorcycle display, a CNG conversion, and an E85 conversion vehicle. Also, vendors participated by distributing valuable clean air and energy efficient vehicle information. The NAFTC’s First Responders course was presented to a selected 25 area first responders, taught by KVCC faculty member Doug Martin and his firefighter father Don Martin. A host of giveaways capped off the event.