Penn State University Advanced Vehicle Team, State College – University Park
Sponsors/Partners: Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities
Location: Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Event Highlights: The Pennsylvania State University’s EcoCAR 2’s National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey event was held on Penn State’s campus in University Park, PA. It included ride and drives in alternative vehicles, such as two Chevrolet Volts, a compressed natural gas Honda Civic, a General Motors stock vehicle converted into a hybrid and an all-electric fleet van. Speakers included a specialist from Peoples Natural Gas, Dr. Lutitia Clipper, Executive Director of Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities Rick Price, Penn State Office of Physical Plant Coordinator Paul Ruskin, EcoCAR 2 Team Communications Manager Taylor Kidd and Dean of Engineering Dr. David Wormley. The EcoCAR 2 team also read a proclamation from Mayor Elizabeth Goreham declaring October Alternative Fuels Month in State College, PA.
Sponsors/Partners: Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Program, TransTech Energy Inc., Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, Pennsylvania State University (PSU) College of Engineering
Attendance: 70 college, high school, and middle school students; faculty; consumers; local government officials
Event Highlights: The Odyssey Day event hosted by the Penn State University Advanced Vehicle Team, which participated in the EcoCAR Challenge Competition, was held outside PSU’s Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute. The event featured speeches by State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham and the Dean of Engineering David Wormley. The EcoCAR team hosted 30 high school and middle school students who learned about the EcoCAR team, advanced technology vehicles, hybrids, and sustainability. The students were then able to build mini hydrogen fuel cell cars. The Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Program connected the Penn State team with TransTech Energy Inc. A representative brought the world’s only propane-powered Dodge Charger to display beside the team’s EcoCAR, a previous competition vehicle from the Challenge X Competition and an Eco-Marathon hydrogen-powered vehicle.