The Penn State University Advanced Vehicle Team kicked off National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Odyssey Day 2012 with a bang. A celebration of all alternative fuels, Penn State’s Odyssey Day brought together members of Penn State and the State College community who are committed to greening the automotive industry. PSU AVT partnered with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, and it was one of only three Odyssey Day events in Pennsylvania.
Speakers included the Dean of Engineering Dr. David Wormley, who talked about the importance of engineers’ work in developing alternative fuels. Rick Price, the Director of Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities and Lutitia Clipper from Peoples Natural Gas spoke about the changing alternative fuel infrastructure in the areas surrounding State College. Paul Ruskin, the director of the Office of the Physical Plant at Penn State University, taught the crowd about the university’s electric vehicles and natural gas vehicles. Also, PSU AVT Communications Manager Taylor Kidd read a proclamation from Mayor Goreham declaring October Alternative Fuels Month in State College.
Attendees rode in a compressed natural gas Honda Civic and test drove a Chevrolet Volt and many people experienced advanced vehicle technology for the first time at Odyssey Day. People also enjoyed presentations on sustainable energy, took tours of the team’s garage and participated in hands-on activities.
Odyssey Day highlighted the community’s dedication to a greener tomorrow and the role Penn State engineers are playing in the future green automotive industry after graduation.