Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition provided informational booths at the Growers and Crafters market at Medford Commons for Odyssey 2014. Display vehicles included two liquid propane gas duel fuel vehicles, plug-in electric vehicles from Nissan, BMW, and Mercedes, a Chevy Volt, a Ford Focus, and a GMC liquid propane gas pickup. Information was available and participants were able to talk to representatives from all of the vehicles and fuels at the event.
Mike Quilty, Site Coordinator
Sponsors/Partners: Cascade Christian High School, Crater Lake Ford, John’s Auto Care, Southern Oregon Subaru Volvo Mitsubishi
Odyssey Day 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
U.S. Cellular Community Field
300 Lowry Road
Event Highlights: Crater Lake Ford’s electric Focus greeted football fans October 5, 2012 as they entered the US Cellular Field in Medford, OR. Some 850 fans attending Cascade Christian High School’s game participated in Rogue Valley Clean Cities’ Odyssey event. “I thought the all-electric vehicles were very impressive and quite astounding,” said 17-year-old Aric Alcantara. Participants were especially interested in Southern Oregon Mitsubishi’s iMiEV parked by the stadium bleachers, and in the free Odyssey event drawstring bags, pens and notepads. “It is important to expose younger people to alternative fuel vehicles,” said Central Point Mayor Hank Williams, whose city boasts the West Coast Electric Highway.
Central Point, Oregon’s mayor, Hank Williams, displays an Odyssey 2012 poster at the Rogue Valley Clean Cities event. Credit: Rogue Valley Clean Cites.
Students at Cascade Christian High School look at the displays for Mitsubishi’s all-electric iMiEV and Ford’s Focus Electric. Credit: Rogue Valley Clean Cities.
Sponsors/Partners: Lava Lanes, Avista Utilities, Blue Star Gas, Mission Eagle Bicycles, Rogue Valley Transportation District, Plug-In Rides, Barefoot Motors
Attendance: 150 consumers, local businesses
Event Highlights: People of all ages and walks of life attended the first Odyssey Day in Medford, Oregon, at Lava Lanes. Coordinated by Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition, the event provided opportunities for conversation and education about alternative fuels. A high school student researching alternative fuels for a senior paper and a goat rancher exploring new fuels for farm equipment were among those who attended. Presenters were Blue Star Gas, Barefoot Motors, Rogue Valley Transportation District, Mission Eagle Bicycles, Avista Utilities, and Plug-In Rides. A couple pulled into the event on a Harley Davidson and learned about the benefits of clean-burning fuel. A building contractor asked about converting his work truck to propane. Local vintners test drove an electric, four-wheel vehicle on display, and a business writer maneuvered the electric bicycle around orange cones, which were set up on the parking lot especially for the event. Rogue Valley Clean Cities Board members Mike Montero, Mike Quilty, Julie Brown, and Steve Vincent gave a presentation about exploring alternative fuels. Lava Lanes provided pizza. Four reporters and two radio show hosts covered the event. Odyssey Day news stories reached an estimated 50,000 people in Southern Oregon and Northern California.
At Lava Lanes
2980 Crater Lake Avenue
Contact: Sue Kupillas, Coordinator