8th Annual AltCar Expo
When AltCar started in 2005 alternative fuel vehicles seemed like a fading dream. This was a time when bigger was better. Big SUVs were making big money for automakers and you could get a $6,000 IRS tax rebate for purchasing one. The Honda natural gas Civic was the only natural gas fuel vehicle offered by any automaker. There were very few natural gas conversions available, the only hybrids were the Prius, Insight and Escape and the major automakers had reduced or entirely dismantled their alternative fuel and electric vehicle programs.
There are now more choices than ever before, but the goal of AltCar is the same. To provide a setting where you can discover existing alternatives to the way you use energy and transportation and motivate you to take action. There are little decisions that we each make every day that, added together, will make a big impact overall. You don’t have to go off the grid and live in a tree to make a difference. Turn off a light, walk or ride a bike to the movies, consolidate trips, take mass transit to a conference or business meeting.
The 2013 AltCar has the latest and greatest offerings from major automakers as well as other businesses large, medium and small. Battery electric vehicles are now available for sale to the public from several vehicle manufacturers. There are over 30 gasoline-electric hybrid models available in California and some come with a plug to further reduce their gas consumption. Fuel cell electric vehicles are more available and more affordable. Natural gas and propane are rapidly expanding their presence in fleet applications and some are available to consumers. Biodiesel and ethanol are now frequently blended into diesel and gasoline sold in California and many other states.
There are also many other issues associated with our energy and transportation choices, so AltCar includes exhibitors and education on urban planning, mass transit, energy generation & use, policy & regulations, sustainable lifestyle choices, reducing your carbon footprint, electric vehicle infrastructure, alternative fuel technology implementation and more.