Faculty, staff and students filed in during the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey event at USU Eastern’s automotive department on Oct. 22. More than 775 participants from five high schools had the opportunity to learn about the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to improve the environment and lessen dependence on foreign oil. The schools represented three school districts. Various alternative fuel options were featured from area businesses.
Sponsors/Partners: CARQUEST, Les Schwab Tire Center, Price Auto Group, Price City, Questar Gas, Tony Basso Chevrolet, Utah Clean Cities Coalition
Friday, October 12, 2012
451 East 400 North
Price, UT 84501
Event Highlights: Utah State University—Eastern hosted National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey for over 400 attendees in Price, UT. The event featured displays of alternative fuel vehicles. In addition to manufacturer vehicles, the Utah State University event also included displays of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and vehicles powered with biodiesel, solar, wind power, and fuel cells. Several of the displayed vehicles featured low-rolling resistance tires. In addition to the vehicle displays, the Odyssey event included demonstrations on vehicle diagnostics, and also highlighted emission components and oils. Event sponsors included: CARQUEST, Les Schwab Tire Center, Price Auto Group, Price City, Questar Gas, Tony Basso Chevrolet, and the Utah Clean Cities Coalition.
Attendance:525 college, high school, and middle school students; Clean Cities; local and county government officials; fleet providers; business partners interested in new technologies; local dealerships
Event Highlights: The College of Eastern Utah in Price hosted its first Odyssey event in 2010. Mayor Joe Piccolo welcomed those in attendance. On display were CNG and hybrid vehicles as well as information from manufacturers and installers. Representatives from Ford, Toyota, Chrysler, and General Motors were on hand to answer questions. Demonstrations on biodiesel, solar power, and fuel cell technology took place throughout the day. Informational booths provided attendees with facts about tires, fluids, bidirectional control, and lab scope diagnostics. Student volunteers directed buses, welcomed guests, and offered tours. Other student volunteers had hot dogs, soda, and chips available for guests. The event received support from local dealerships and others from the Provo Orem area.
Contact: Stan Martineau, Auto Dept Chair
Co-host Contact: Dean Collard, Instructor