Sponsors/Partners: National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, Alliance Auto Gas, BAF, Clean Energy, IMPCO Automotive, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Indiana Soybean, Alliance, ROUSH Clean Tech, Thorntons, Vectren
October 18, 2012
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lucas Oil Raceway Park – Drag Racing Event
10267 East US Highway 136
Indianapolis, IN 46234
Event Highlights: Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition hosted three Odyssey events, including the National AFV Day Odyssey Kickoff Event, in 2012. The kickoff, which was held at White River State Park, served as the official start for the more than 150 Odyssey events that took place across the country on that day. The event featured a speaker panel, vehicle displays, a ride-and-drive, Smokey The Bear, Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders and Colts ticket giveaways.
Prior to the Kickoff Event, Greater Indiana Clean Cities hosted an Alternative Vehicle Fuels User Panel to discuss issues and best practices for alternative fuel vehicles. The users’ panel was composed of the City of Fort Wayne, Tippecanoe School Corporation and Fair Oaks Dairy Milk Delivery Fleet.
Two days before the Kickoff Event, Greater Indiana hosted a two-day First Responder Safety Training Workshop at the Indiana State Library. Participants learned to safely work on accidents scenes that involve biofuels (biodiesel and ethanol) and biofuel vehicles; gaseous fuels (natural gas and propane) and gaseous fuel vehicles; hydrogen and hydrogen-powered vehicles; and electric drive vehicles.
Sponsors/Partners: Tippecanoe Mall
Attendance: 1,200 consumers
Event Highlights: Ivy Tech Community College hosted vehicle and table displays inside the Tippecanoe Mall concourse. More than ten vehicles were provided by the Ivy Tech Community College Automotive Department, Ferrell Gas, EVA of Central Indiana, Midwest Electric Vehicles, and Cooper Farms. Displays included biodiesel processor and procedures, solar and wind energy, NAFTC promotional materials, Greater Indiana Clean Cities Alliance, Ferrell Gas, propane-powered engines, WLFI-TV 18 in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Ivy Tech Community College general information. Additionally, several industry experts spoke at the event. Presenters included representatives from Ferrell Gas, Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance, Midwest Electric Vehicles, Electric Vehicle Association, EVA, and Solar and Wind Displays.
Host Site Coordinator: Ivy Tech Community College – Lafayette Campus
Event Type: Fair, Vehicle Display
Sponsors/Partners: Donahue Propane, Biodiesel Ethanol Coalition, Central Indiana Clean Cities, Dixie Chopper, ECI Wind and Solar, Indiana Geo-Therm
Attendees: 500 General Public, OEMs
Event Highlights: Ivy Tech’s National AFV Day Odyssey was held at the Tippecanoe Mall and attracted hundreds of attendees with their vehicle displays, booths, presentations and discussions. Stations were set up to educate attendees on the benefits and applications of alternative fuels/energy. Presentations, educational activities and displays for the day included topics such as ethanol, biodiesel, hybrid electric, propane, CNG, geo-thermal, wind and solar. The Biodiesel Ethanol Coalition and their training trailer were also on-hand. Vehicles on display included PHEV Toyota Prius, 2008 Roush built Ford propane-powered pick-up truck, 16 different types of new alternative fuel vehicles, E85 custom promotional Tahoe from the ethanol coalition Central Indiana Clean Cities, Dixie Chopper, and two CNG vehicles. Ivy Tech Community College’s Automotive Program also sponsored an Automotive Career Day for 20 local high school students. Students were taken on tours to local service centers with the opportunity to hear presentations and ask questions related to the service industry.