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4th Annual AltWheels Festival Showcases
Current and Future Transportation Alternatives
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: September 13, 2006
CONTACT: Becky Ohler (603) 271-6749

MEDIA/PUBLIC ADVISORY

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
and Granite State Clean Cities Coalition co-host Festival
dedicated to sustainable, clean transportation solutions.

Concord, NH – The 4th Annual AltWheels Festival, the largest alternative-transportation showcase on the East Coast, will circle Boston with more than a week's worth of events, beginning Saturday, September 16. A highlight of this year's Festival will be a chance to explore the green Energy Freedom Trail, which will connect to Boston's historic Freedom Trail™ and offer resources and practical energy-related ideas for drivers, homeowners, teachers, families, politicians, and citizens. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, through the Granite State Clean Cities Coalition, is a proud co-host of the Festival and invites citizens of New Hampshire to join in the fun-filled event activities.

AltWheels Schedule of Events

AltWheels Symposium, Boston's Museum of Science, Cahners Theatre

  • Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Technology, Fuel and Infrastructure
  • Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transportation Choices and Smart Design
    No extra charge with paid Museum admission. Free admission to AltWheels members and volunteers.

Alternative-Vehicle Caravan

  • Thursday, Sept. 21, departing from the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline at 5:30 p.m. and arriving at MIT in Cambridge at 6:00 p.m.

AltWheels Festival, Boston City Hall Plaza

  • Friday, Sept. 22, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Awards Ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    AltWheels Festival, Larz Anderson Auto Museum
  • Sunday, Sept. 24, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Fleet Day, Larz Anderson Auto Museum
  • Monday, Sept. 25, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Note: By invitation only)

AltWheels Festival Days. Alternatives to the gasoline-fueled car have been around since the 1800s and today's cars can get 60-plus miles per gallon and produce zero-emissions. AltWheels features more than 100 exhibits and displays on transportation alternatives and ways to beat the high cost and pollution associated with traditional gas- and diesel-powered vehicles. Passenger vehicles on display will include flex fuel vehicles, the latest hybrid models, solar-powered and electric cars, plug-in hybrids that can be charged with household electricity, fuel-cell/hydrogen million dollar prototype vehicles, vehicles that run on compressed natural gas, including CNG home-refueling options, and cars that run on used vegetable oil, biodiesel or ethanol. Non-auto transportation options include rides on the Segway HT™ scooter, commuter bikes, electric scooters, bike-valet parking, and bike rides from the site. AltWheels will also display historical vehicles, including a 1920s Stanley Steamer and a 1914 Rauch and Lang electric vehicle.

In addition to passenger vehicles, AltWheels will showcase alternative-fuel buses, trucks and public transit vehicles, as well as a full display of bike, walking and other fitness options. Several of the alternative-fuel vehicles will be offered at discount prices to Festival participants.

The Festival is not just for adults. Vehicle demonstrations will be coupled with fun, games, food, entertainment and activities for the whole family.

AltWheels Fleet Day. AltWheels will also host an invitation-only Fleet Day event on Monday, September 25 at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, bringing industry and municipal fleet directors together to focus on the challenges and benefits of incorporating alternative fuels into commercial and government fleets. Fleet Day will offer case studies on successful fleet conversions while providing information resources to assist fleet managers in reducing their fuel costs and pollutant emissions.

AltWheels Admission. Admission to the Festival is free on Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23 on Boston City Hall Plaza, and $7 per person on Sunday, September 24 at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline. Admission to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum is included. There is reduced admission for those arriving by cleaner-transportation options.

Numerous stakeholders of New Hampshire's alternative fuel vehicle group, the Granite State Clean Cities Coalition, will be exhibitors at the AltWheels Festival. For more information on GSCCC please see www.granitestatecleancities.org.

For more information on the AltWheels Festival and the latest schedule of events, visit www.altwheels.org.




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