Sponsors/Partners: Rio Hondo Advanced Transportation Technology & Energy Center
Attendance: 41 students, consumers
Event Highlights: Rio Hondo College hosted National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey at its Advanced Transportation Technology & Energy (ATTE) Center in the Automotive Technology Quad. The event attracted more than forty members of the local community, which included Rio Hondo students, teachers, and administrators; secondary and post-secondary school students; teachers and administrators; automotive dealerships and corporate personnel; governmental and environmental organizations; and local citizens. Six alternative fuel vehicles, including a hydrogen-assisted vehicle, were displayed and were available for a ride-and-drive around the campus roads. The local San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps brought some of its brightest students to confirm their commitment to clean fuel and energy technology.
Rio Hondo College
ATTE Center, Technology Quad,
3600 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, CA 90601;
562-463-7371 or 562-908-3433
Contact: Steve Tommory, Advanced Transportation Technology & Energy Program Director
Co-Host Contact: JoAnn Armenta, Executive Director
Host Site Coordinators: Rio Hondo College and SCAG Clean Cities
Event Type: Vehicle Displays, Presentations
Attendees: 225 Consumers, Students
Event Highlights: Rio Hondo College’s National AFV Day Odyssey event was held at the Whittier Narrows Recreation area where attendees were informed about green solutions in transportation. Vehicles on display included several types of hybrid autos, electric motorcycles, and CNG-powered vehicles. Advertisement for the event was through local news media, a local radio station and Congresswoman Hilda Solice’s office. One highlight of the event was the presentation to the college by Congresswoman Hilda Solice in support of the efforts of the Clean Cities Partnership.
Host Site Co-Coordinators: Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA, and Southern California Association of Governments Clean Cities Coalition, Diamond Bar, CA
Event Type: Vehicle Displays, Educational Workshops
Attendees: 504 Students, Educators, Government Officials, and General Public
Event Highlights: Held on the campus of Rio Hondo College, students and advisors were bused in from surrounding campuses to learn more about alternative fuel options and environmentally friendly vehicle choices. Presentations were held in order to provide students with a better understanding of the viable options of alternative fuels currently available to consumers today, mainstreaming sustainable transportation options, real world challenges, and the production of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and their current and upcoming initiatives and product lines. Those in attendance were also provided with free popcorn and a brown bag lunch.
Audience: General Public, Students, and Fleet Operators/Owners
Highlights: Great crowd enthusiasm for the alternative fuel vehicle display, which included a hydrogen-fueled Honda FCX, CNG vehicles, and several hybrid (battery/ gasoline-powered) cars. Two attendees purchased CNG cars after viewing the AFV display.