East Tennessee Clean Fuels National AFV Day Odyssey @ Knoxville EarthFest!
Date: April 15, 2017
Time: 11am – 5pm EDT
Location: Knoxville Botanical Gardens
2743 Wimpole Ave
Knoxville, TN 37914
Description: East Tennessee Clean Fuels is excited to present their National AFV Day Odyssey 2017 event in conjunction with the 18th Annual Knoxville EarthFest on April 15. ETCleanFuels will host an AFV showcase featuring: a Tesla Model X, the University of Tennessee EcoCar (a Camaro that has been entirely rebuilt by UT students to run as an AFV!), a City of Knoxville propane lawn mower, and a Nissan LEAF.
We will give two presentations about alternative fuels during the day. The first is entitled “Driving Electric in Tennessee: What’s the Emissions Footprint?;” the second presentation will be “What Alternative Fuels & Vehicles are Available in East Tennessee?”
Notes: Event Parking is offsite and is available at the Community Evangelistic Church, 2650 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914 . There will be a shuttle from the church parking lot to the event lawn throughout the day.
Co-Host: Pellissippi State Community College
Sponsors/Partners: Pellissippi State Community College Sustainability Office
Thursday, October 18, 2012
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pellissippi State Community College
Event Highlights: East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition held their National AFV Day Odyssey event at Pellissippi State Community College. The day’s activities drew over 150 individuals ranging from students to city officials. Participants were able to view alternative fuel vehicle displays, interact with industry professionals, and enjoy a Ride-and-Drive opportunity in a Nissan Leaf. Individuals who attended the event were very engaged in learning more about alternative fuel vehicles, and the average discussion time for interested visitors spanned over 15 minutes. These high-quality interactions helped to bring home the message that alternative fuel vehicles are not just for the future, but are a viable option today.
Co-Host: Pellissippi State Community College
Sponsors/Partners: Oak Ridge National Labs, Oak Ridge Utility District, Knoxville Utilities Board, Genera Energy, University of Tennessee, Tennessee Solar Energy Association, The Green Peach Company, Ecotality, PBG Energy Inc., David Hrivnak, Mark Downing, Joelle Brink
Attendance: 400 students, faculty
Event Highlights: East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition’s Odyssey was co-hosted by Pellissippi State Community College and held as an informational event primarily focused towards the school’s student body and faculty. An alternative fuel vehicle show was displayed in the center of campus, featuring twenty AFVs, including biodiesel, ethanol, electric, CNG, and hybrids. Three presentations also took place during the day discussing ethanol, CNG, and electric vehicles (EVs) as well as a “Clean Fuels Jeopardy” trivia contest with a cash prize to the winning student team. Students and faculty actively engaged vehicle owners and presenters all day, and the electric bikes from the University of Tennessee Department for Transportation Research were popular among attendees.
Host Site Coordinator: The East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCFC) in partnership with the Chattanooga Green Committee (CGC)
Event Type: Open, Public Info, Displays, Fair, Hands-on, Models, Vehicle Displays
Attendees: 550 General Public
Event Highlights: The ETCFC and CGC held the “East Tennessee Smart Energy Odyssey” which was a blend of transportation and stationary energy resources for people throughout southeastern Tennessee. To kick off the day, a caravan of smart energy vehicles traveled through downtown Chattanooga for about two miles to the event location, Miller Plaza, drawing attention along the way. The event had over 20 booths and displays, showcasing advanced thinking when it comes to vehicles, fuels, or stationary power. Booths and displays addressing hybrid vehicles, HHO conversions, from the dealer and personally-converted electric vehicles, green roofs, cellulosic ethanol production, biking, improving power factor, LEED and the U.S. Green Building Council, and propane mowers, were all in attendance!
Host Site Co-Coordinators: East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, Knoxville, TN, and Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, TN
Event Type: Press Conference, Vehicle Displays
Attendees: Government Officials, General Public
Event Highlights: A press conference at the event acknowledged six new initiatives that have recently started or will start soon in the Tri-Cities area including: 1) A project in about 20 diesel vehicles to determine how they can further use biodiesel in city diesel vehicles and equipment, 2) A new company, Green Planet, will start offering biodiesel blends to regional customers in the near future, 3) The Carter County School System will start using B20 in most of its school buses, 4) The Washington Farmers Co-op is now carrying pure biodiesel for blending with on-road diesel, off-road diesel, and heating oil (“bioheat”), 5) Waste Management has moved to using B5 in all 80 of their heavyduty waste-hauling trucks in the Kingsport and Knoxville service areas, and 6) The ETCFC is working with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to announce funding opportunities for E-85 and B20 stations in Sullivan and Washington Counties.
Site: East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
Format: Fair/Exhibits/Media Event
Audience: General Public
Highlights: Extensive AFV displays.