Northern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition and Aims Automotive Technology Center in Windsor, CO, held a day of informative panels and seminars on alternative fuels, technologies, research, programs and incentives, and vehicles for Odyssey 2014. Participants were also able to view alternative fuel vehicles, participate in ride and drives and browse information tables.
Sponsors/Partners: Aims Automotive and Technology Center, AVS, Chesapeake Energy, Colorado Corn, Eaton, FuelTek, GP Strategies, JW Power Company, Nissan, SkyBlu
Thursday, October 18, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Aims Community College
Automotive and Technology Center
1120 South Gate Dr.
Windsor, Colorado 80550
Event Highlights: Northern Colorado Clean Cities’ agenda for National AFV Day Odyssey promoted alternative fuels through a keynote speaker, three panels, and a vendor and vehicle expo. The keynote speaker, Tom Hunt from the Colorado Energy Office, spoke on removing barriers to alternative fuels in Colorado. The three panels that followed were chaired by industry representatives with expertise on the following panel topics: CNG, LNG, and propane; electric vehicles; and biofuels. A brief question-and-answer period followed each panel, and later a catered lunch was made possible by Nissan, an event sponsor. A vehicle expo with over 20 vehicles took place during the break and lunch. At the event’s conclusion, an iPad donated by Plug In America was given away.
Sheble McConnellogue, Site Coordinator
email • (970) 416-8631
Sponsors/Partners: City of Fort Collins, Weld County Government, City of Boulder, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado Corn, Blue Sun Biodiesel, Noble Energy, Anadarko Energy, Campbell-Parnell, Spradley Barr Ford Greeley, Weld County Garage, Ehrlich Toyota, Greeley Honda, Ghent Chevrolet
Attendance: 61 students, consumers
Event Highlights: Northern Colorado Clean Cities hosted a National AFV Day Odyssey event at the Aims Automotive and Technology Center at Aims Community College. The event showcased alternative fuel vehicles, including flexible fuel, compressed natural gas, propane, biodiesel, and plug-in electric vehicles. Several alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles were on display and knowledgeable representatives were on hand to answer questions. Additionally, breakout room workshop presentations were held by industry experts on the latest alternative fuel technologies. The event was free and open to the public.
Aims Community College
Aims Automotive & Technology Center
1120 South Gate Drive
Windsor, Colorado 80550
Contact: Sheble McConnellogue
Host Site Coordinator and Co- Coordinators: Northern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition, Denver Clean Cities Coalition and City of Boulder
Event Type: Vehicle Displays, Presentations
Attendees: 90 Fleet Professionals, General Public
Event Highlights: The 2008 National AFV Day Odyssey in Boulder featured a full AFV experience – two and a half hours of an outdoor expo of vehicles and indoor presentations on biofuels and natural gas use in vehicles. Attendees wandered through an enticing maze of vehicles and booths. The City of Denver’s hybrid garbage truck was on display, as well as two Colorado companies offering plug-in hybrids. U.S. GSA brought flex-fuel vehicles and hybrids and other Clean Cities stakeholders brought natural gas vehicles and combo vehicles that can run on CNG, E85 or unleaded. Test drives were offered on some of the vehicles with an overwhelming response. Attendees won t-shirts for answering questions based on the presentation, and the crowd was especially enthusiastic about the hydrogen car model kit donated by Intergalactic Hydrogen, a member of Northern Colorado Clean Cities. The kit was given to an attendee as a door prize for answering an ethanol life-cycle question. Attendees had multiple chances to learn where to obtain more information in the future on those topics, such as the Clean Cities and Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center websites. City of Boulder partner Andrew Bascue said it was “…an impressive showing by the members of both Denver Metro and Northern Colorado Clean Cities Coalitions.”
Host Site Co-Coordinators: Northern Colorado Clean Cities and Spradley Barr Autogroup, Fort Collins, CO
Event Type: Exhibits, Workshops
Attendees: 35 Fleet Managers, OEMs, Government Officials
Participating Sponsors / Partners: Blue Sun Biodiesel, Energy Planning Consultants, Weld County Garage, and Great Western Ethanol
Event Highlights: The morning started off with a breakfast for attendees. Presentations from various speakers covered topics such as petroleum reduction strategies, emergency situations, and refueling. Attendees also gained knowledge on two of the emerging biofuels, ethanol and biodiesel. Displays of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles were also on hand to further reinforce the use of alternative fuels.
Site: Northern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition
Audience: General Public, Fleet Operators/Owners, and Government Officials
Highlights: Well received by all attendees; one legislative representative expressed great interest in event activities.