Virginia Tech Hosts Roanoke, VA’s First Green Car Show

On a misty morning atop a Roanoke, Va., parking garage, the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team of Virginia Tech (HEVT) hosted Roanoke’s first green car show. Innovation Under the Hood was an alternative fuel vehicle car show featuring the latest hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) models on the market today. The event was intended to raise awareness of advanced vehicle technologies, increase buyer consideration of alternative fuel vehicles and compare these new makes and models side-by-side. “We are so glad to have Virginia Tech host this green car show in the city,” said Roanoke City sustainability and outreach coordinator Nell Boyle. “The City of Roanoke has been making great strides in advancing our green initiatives and making the city more environmentally friendly. HEVT and Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) are proving to be excellent partners to help us educate the public about the alternative options available and keep moving forward.”

Nell Boyle addresses show attendees alongside HEVT team leader Eli White

Nell Boyle addresses show attendees alongside HEVT team leader Eli White

At 11 a.m., Boyle addressed the attendees on behalf of the City of Roanoke alongside HEVT team leader Eli White and VCC project coordinator Matt Wade. This gave the hosting parties an opportunity to thank those in attendance and highlight key sponsors. The address was filmed for a story by local broadcast station WDBJ-7.

Many of the major manufacturers were represented at the show. Vehicles in attendance included the Nissan LEAF, a propane autogas-converted Chevrolet Impala, Virginia Tech’s plug-in hybrid Mary the Malibu, Ford’s Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi, and even a Tesla Model S. “I was happy to see a good variety of vehicles on display at the car show,” said HEVT communications manager Chris Bonelli. “This was the first year we’ve tried such a large scale consumer event like this. With this trial run under our belts – and the publicity we’ve already received from the local media – I know next year’s event will showcase even more vehicles and draw a larger crowd.” “Also, I have to admit that having a Tesla there was pretty awesome,” he added. Virginia Tech hopes to make this an annual event and a staple of the Roanoke community each year. Keep up with Virginia Tech by reading their blog, liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.