Burton Center for Arts and Technology / Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke
Sponsors/Partners:General Motors, Edison2, Breakall Electric, Berglund Automotive, Rick Woodson Honda, Roanoke City, Altech Eco Energy, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Virginia Western, Creates, NADA Scientific, Spectrum Design, General Electric, Pesco, Virginia Clean Cities, Williams Electric, Virginia Tech
Attendance: 80 students, faculty, consumers
Event Highlights: The Burton Center for Arts and Technology Odyssey event took place on the campus of Virginia Western Community College.
Student volunteers from both schools, as well as area high school students, assisted with the various activities, which included a vehicle expo with the space age looking Edison 2 – a very light weight vehicle that runs on E85. The event also featured a class about the Ford Fusion hybrid presented by Berglund Ford for the attending high school automotive students, plus three presentations on alternative fuels. There was also an option for attendees to drive the General Motors fuel cell vehicle and all the hybrid vehicles showcased by local dealerships. Many people were amazed at the power of these vehicles and how quiet they were.
Local news station Channel 3 interviewed automotive instructor and event coordinator Joe Moore while the local newspaper So-Salem (part of The Roanoke Times) interviewed students and took pictures of a propane-powered motorcycle – their first alternative fuel project. Local Channel 13 was also on site to cover the event.
Virginia Western Community College
P.O. Box 14007
Roanoke, VA 24038