Event Highlights: Wenatchee Valley College hosted a National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey event around the fountain on the WVC campus. The event was dedicated to promoting the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Plug-In North Central Washington showcased several alternative vehicle displays including a Polaris side-by-side UTV, Tesla, Ford C-max Energi plug-in hybrid, Volt, Leaf, electric bicycle and Zero motorcycle.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
1300 5th Street
Event Highlights: Wenatchee Valley College’s third National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey was devoted mainly to hybrid and electric vehicles. Local car dealers presented their latest offerings, while electric vehicle owners brought vehicles ranging from neighborhood electric vehicles like the Zenn Car to the new Tesla Model S, owned by the president of Plug In America, Chad Schwitters. The local public transit bus line, Link Transit, which has an operating, 400 amp, 800 volt charging station, brought one of their battery-powered trolleys to display. Chelan School District displayed their Enova Hybrid school bus again this year. It was the 19th bus in the U.S. and the first in Washington State.
Sponsors/Partners: Plugin Center
Attendance: 300 educators, students, consumers
Event Highlights: Wenatchee Valley College’s second National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey event was devoted mainly to hybrid and electric vehicles with a few flexible fuel vehicles added to the mix. New local car dealers presented their latest offerings, while Washington State University showcased the electric ATVs it uses for agriculture needs. Chapters of the Electric Vehicle Association were in attendance with electric bicycles, electric motorcycles, and an electric Suzuki Samurai. They offered ride-and-drives with all the vehicles, which was a big crowd pleaser. Navistar also gave ride-and-drives in the new E-Star all-electric delivery truck, which hauls 8,000 pounds and has a 100-mile range. Chad Schwitters from Plug-in America displayed its bright yellow Tesla. In addition, the local public transit bus line made a presentation on its new electric trolleys and the 400-amp, 805-volt, rapid charging station at the multimodal transfer center.
Host Site Co-Coordinators: Wenatchee Valley College and the Port of Chelan County, Plugin Center Project
Event type: Vehicle Displays, Biodiesel Manufacturing Displays, Washington State Department of Ecology Displays
Attendees: 3,500 Students, Instructors, Government Officials, General Public
Event Highlights: The event took place in the center of the Wenatchee Valley College campus on the fountain plaza. There were many alternative fuel vehicles on hand. The local dealerships all provided flex-fuel vehicles, CNG vehicles and hybrid vehicles. There were biodiesel manufacturers and providers on hand as well as several vehicles running on biodiesel. The Lake Chelan School District’s plug-in hybrid electric school bus was also on display and attracted a lot of attention. WVC had several displays from the private sector including a Toyota Echo converted to all electric, a farm tractor that was converted to an electric tractor in the college auto shop, and a Toyota Prius that had been converted to a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Wenatchee has hosted the solar-powered drag races for four years and had one of the solar racers on display. The college also took the opportunity to showcase it’s new plug-in vehicle parking spaces with charging stations.