West Virginia University/NAFTC, Morgantown






Sponsors/Partners: Alternative Fuel Solutions of Pennsylvania, Chesapeake Energy, WV Department of Energy/WV Clean State Program

Friday, October 12, 2012
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

WVU Mountainlair Student Union
1550 University Ave.
Morgantown, WV 26506

Event Highlights: The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium hosted a pre-kickoff event at the Mountainlair on West Virginia University’s downtown campus in Morgantown, WV on October 12th. Around 1,250 students, staff, and faculty of WVU experienced the Odyssey event, and learned about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.

In addition to several alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles that were on display with NAFTC representatives on hand to answer questions and provide information, the event also featured information tables from the NAFTC, WECAN: WVU Office of Sustainability, and Alternative Fuel Solutions of Pennsylvania.

On October 26th the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium brought the hybrid electric vehicle training educator, or HEVTE, to display at local auto dealer, University Motors. Approximately 50 local school children from Woodburn Elementary School visited the display and heard a presentation about hybrid vehicles and National AFV Day Odyssey.

Vehicle Displays:

  • Natural Gas Chevy Tahoe, courtesy of Chesapeake Energy
  • HEVTE: Hybrid Electric Vehicle Training Educator, courtesy of NAFTC & WVU
  • Sparky the electric vehicle, courtesy of MTEC
  • Chevy Volt, courtesy of NAFTC
  • Propane Schoolbus, courtesy of Blue Bird

Virginia McMillen, Odyssey Coordinator
virginia.mcmillen@mail.wvu.com • (304) 293-7882 • Host PageTwitterFacebookYouTube

Odyssey WVU Info Station Screens



Sponsors/Partners: West Virginia Clean State Program, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources (CEMR) at West Virginia University (WVU), MPE Rentals Inc., University Motors, Papa John’s Pizza (Store #439)

Attendance: 210 students, faculty, staff, consumers

Event Highlights: The NAFTC, in partnership with the NRCCE, celebrated Odyssey with an AFV vehicle and informational expo at WVU.

WVU’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions (CAFEE) displayed the latest portable emissions measurement system. The Electric Vehicle Association team at WVU showcased its Formula Lightning Car while the team’s adviser brought his 1994 electric S-10 pickup truck. In addition, the EcoCAR Team at WVU showed its re-engineered General Motors stock vehicle; Monongalia County Technical Education Center (MTEC) presented a 1993 Mazda MX3 that high school students had converted to electric power, and the WVU Office of Sustainability (WECAN) promoted the university’s sustainability efforts. The NAFTC’s national instructor answered questions about the consortium’s 2010 Toyota Prius and natural gas Honda Civic GX and discussed advances in new technologies. University Motors showcased a 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid; Wamsley Cycles revealed a 2010 TREK electrical-hybrid; and Positive Spin, a local environmental organization that works to bring sustainable transportation to the area, distributed information. There were also giveaways, a prize drawing, and refreshments.



Host/School: National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, West Virginia

Schools: Various area schools

Attendance: 75

Event Highlights: Students in grades seven through twelve from local schools viewed the Odyssey video that ran throughout the day at the Morgantown Mall. They asked National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) staff members questions about the NAFTC, AFVs, and advanced electric drive vehicles. Each student received Odyssey giveaways after completing an Odyssey survey.



Host Site Coordinator: NAFTC and West Virginia University

Event Type: Vehicle Expo, Informational Exhibits

Sponsors and Partners: NRCCE, U.S. DOE West Virginia Clean State Program/WV Division of Energy, Coca-Cola Company, Monongalia Technical Education Center, WVU EcoCar Challenge Team, Positive Spin, WVU Professor Roy Nutter, Harvey Coachworks and EV, WVU WE CAN, Wells Home Furnishings, and Enterprise Rental

Attendees: 150 Students, Educators, General Public

Event Highlights: Alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles were showcased on the Evansdale Campus of West Virginia University on the front lawn of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy (NRCCE) building. Vehicles on display included a Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicle, SMART car, converted 1993 Mazda MX-3 electric vehicle, Chevy Equinox, electric/ alternative bikes, electric S-10 truck, BugE, Toyota Prius and an electric golf cart. Thanks to the generous sponsors, attendees were greeted with t-shirts and refreshments including popcorn, cotton candy and Coca-Cola products.



Host Site Coordinator: West Virginia University, NAFTC/NRCCE, Morgantown, WV

Event Type: Vehicle Expo, Informational Exhibits

Attendees: 600 Students, Educators, General Public

Sponsors and Partners: Coca-Cola Company, University Motors, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Monongalia County Technical Education Center (MTEC), City of Morgantown, and U.S. DOE West Virginia Clean State Program

Event Highlights: Alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles were showcased on the downtown campus of West Virginia University. MTEC was on hand with students who participated in the EV Challenge, the country’s premier alternative fuel education program, as they showcased two gasoline-powered vehicles converted to run on electric power. A zero-emission all electric Miles vehicle was on display to help change the way individuals think about gasfree vehicles. Area clean air organizations were present to provide students with informational brochures and pamphlets, and a biodiesel reactor was on hand to give attendees a look at the different stages of biodiesel production. Students were able to register to win a one-week rental of a Toyota Prius, thanks to the generous support of University Motors, and an Apple iPod, provided by the U.S. DOE West Virginia Clean State Program.



Site: NRCCE & NAFTC/West Virginia Clean State Program

Format: Rally/Banquet

Audience: Government Officials, Educators, Energy Industry Representatives

Attendees: 270

Highlights: Media coverage by a reporter from the National Journal. Ten electric hybrids participated in a road rally with two stops at area high schools for in-service demonstration sessions with teachers and students. The director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory delivered a presentation on hydrogen fuels derived from coal, and the president of a machinery company described new vehicles for mining applications at a postrally banquet in Charleston, WV. AFV related activities promoted interest and participation among high school students. Rally drivers offered attendees “test rides” of hybrid cars.



Site: West Virginia University / NRCCE & NAFTC National Training Laboratory, Morgantown

Format: Conference/ Fair, Car Care Clinic, AFV Rides and Drives

Audience: Civic-Minded People. Fleets, Decision-Makers, Elected Officials

Attendees: 100

Highlights: Special appearance by Govenor Bob Wise and presentations to student competitors for EV Challenge; other expert speakers on biodiesel, mine methane (LNG), coal liquids, hydrogen from coal; Honda Insight available for ride and drive; WVU student AFVs, high school EV Challenge electric vehicles on display; biodiesel demonstration.