Ohio State and Clean Cities Work Together to Green Ohio

Clean Cities and the Ohio State University EcoCAR 2 Team have collaborated multiple times, including this past academic year at the Columbus Auto Show. Now, the Ohio State (OSU) EcoCAR team is teaming up with two Clean Cities Coalitions – Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) and Earth Day Coalition (EDC) – to continue their efforts to reduce petroleum usage and emissions in Ohio!

Chevrolet Volt featured in the ‘Electric Vehicle Parade’ at the 2013 Circleville Pumpkin Show

Chevrolet Volt featured in the ‘Electric Vehicle Parade’ at the 2013 Circleville Pumpkin Show

Already, the team has participated in a number of events with CFO in Columbus and the surrounding area. During the 2013 Fall semester, Clean Fuels Ohio came to the OSU Center for Automotive Research to give new OSU EcoCAR team members some information about the latest in electric vehicles. This meeting was part of CFO’s most recent campaign, Drive Electric Ohio.

CFO and OSU also teamed up to host an Electric Vehicle Parade at Ohio’s oldest and largest festival, the Circleville Pumpkin Show. Each year, the show attracts over 400,000 visitors to a small community of only 12,000 people – however, this is the first time electric vehicles stole the show!

Vehicles lined up and ready to go for the ‘Electric Vehicle Parade’ at the 2013 Circleville Pumpkin Show

Vehicles lined up and ready to go for the ‘Electric Vehicle Parade’ at the 2013 Circleville Pumpkin Show

CFO and OSU invited local electric vehicle owners to drive their vehicles in the parade, and the response was overwhelming! The parade celebrated advanced vehicles and featured a number of electric vehicles, including two Chevrolet Volts, a Nissan Leaf, a redesigned Toyota Prius and even a Tesla Roadster!  Check out the event on the OSU team’s Flickr page.

In addition to collaborating with CFO, Ohio State is also joining forces with Earth Day Coalition in Northwest Ohio for Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation, EarthFest 2014. EarthFest has been the go-to event to celebrate Earth Day for over 20 years – and this year, it will feature the finished OSU EcoCAR vehicle!

The OSU team looks forward to continuing our many years of successful collaboration with Clean Cities!

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