Last year, the fifth annual AltWheels festival featured a lot of cool green car goodness - along with things like Darth Vader discussing HUMMER and a vegoil MINI. This year, the show returns to the Boston area for three days one day of greener transportation discussion and presentations, including a one-day fleet-centered show on September 29 that will feature what organizers are calling the "Largest Display of Alternative Fleet Vehicles on East Coast." It certainly looks like a tempting way to spend the day, and should give the people responsible for spending the real big bucks on fuel a chance to figure out how best to reduce costs.

For the general public, the two-day show takes place on September 26 and 27 at the Boston City Hall Plaza (the Fleet Day is in Framingham, MA) and is part educational event and part fun fair. I have no inside information on whether or not the evil Anakin will make an appearance, but the organizers are promising "jugglers, unicyclists, clowns, face painting, and much more fun for families." More details on Fleet Day are in the press release pasted after the jump and the general AltWheels site is here. I'm sure attendees will be posting their own reports online, but if any AutoblogGreen readers are headed to the show and want to share their photos or thoughts, drop us a line.

UPDATE: I misread the AltWheels website. There is in fact no two-day festival this year. One of the organizers wrote in to ABG with the following note: Thank you for posting about AltWheels Fleet Day but there will not be any two-day festival this year, just the Fleet Day. The economy had a dramatic effect on funders and potential funders. The festival was unable to secure enough sponsorship/support to guarantee the vibrant festival we've all come to know and love. Apologies.

[Source: AltWheels]

PRESS RELEASE

Largest Display of Alternative Fleet Vehicles on East Coast

Highlights Savings on Transportation Costs

What: In an era of increasing transportation costs all businesses are looking for ways to save money and some are succeeding. Fleet managers and others gather each year to learn directly from those who know best – other fleet managers saving thousands of dollars by using alternative vehicles and fuel saving techniques. No gimmicks, no "additives," just real vehicles on the roads saving real money.
AltWheels holds its fourth annual Fleet Day. This year's event will include the largest display of alternative fleet vehicles on the East Coast. There will be dozens of vehicles, from small personal transport cars to large Class 8 (38,000 lbs - largest size designation) trucks, on display for Fleet Managers to see and drive demonstrating all the latest transportation alternative efficient technologies.

Vehicles on Display (list in progress):
Hybrid/Electric
Isuzu Hybrid Class 6 Truck
Chevy Tahoe Hybrid
Saturn Vue Hybrid
Ford Escape Hybrid (operates 100% on battery power under 30 mph)
Eaton Hybrid Electric Class 6 Vehicle
Eaton Hydraulic Launch Assist Class 7 Truck
Smith Electric Class 7 Electric Truck
Ford PLUG IN Escape-Hybrid Escape

Fuel Cell
Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell
Ford Hydrogen 999 (mock up of the fuel cell Fusion that set a land speed record at 207 MPH)
Ford Explorer-Hydrogen fuel cell Explorer with six-passenger seating

Ethanol/Bio-Diesel
Chevy Impala E-85
Chevy Yukon E-85
Ford F-450 Biodiesel
Ford FFV e250 full sized van

CNG
Ford Crown Victoria CNG
Honda GX CNG
Massport 40' CNG Shuttle Bus

Idle Reduction Technology
Braun's Express Class 8 Tractor and Trailer with Idle Reduction Technology

Efficient Small Transport
2008 Smart Car

Panel discussions from industry leading experts on topics such as:
• Idling technologies
• Hybrids & electric
• Alternative fuels, including infrastructure available today
• Tools/techniques
• Federal and state mandates & incentives
• Plus Fleet challenges and solutions for light, medium and heavy duty fleets as well as municipal and University fleets

Who: Sessions led by industry experts.

Sponsors include:
AVSG, Bruan's Express, Clean Energy, Cummins Northeast, Dennis K. Burke, Ford Motor Co., GE Capital Solutions, General Motors, MA Environmental Trust, Isuzu, Massport, NAFA NE, NE Gas Association, National Grid, Paul Revere Transportation, Penske Truck Leasing, SAE-New England (Society of Automotive Engineers), Staples, Toyota, WTS

Co-Hosts include:
NAFA - New England, NAFA - New Jersey, MMTA – Massachusetts, MMTA – Maine, MassHighway, Massport, Maine Dept. of Transportation, Granite State Clean Cities, Ocean State Clean Cities Coalition SAE - New England, WTS

Past participants have included Fleet Managers from:
Bose, Coca-Cola Bottling, Fidelity, GE, EMC, Federal Express, Gillette, Green Mountain Power, GTECH, Invensys, Johnson & Johnson, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Millipore, National Grid, New England Gas, NSTAR, Otis, Staples, Textron, Tyco, Wright Express, Municipalities from throughout New England, State agencies, Partners Health Care, US EPA, US Post Office, MIT, Harvard, University of Massachusetts, and others.

Where: Staples World Headquarters, 500 Staples Drive, Framingham, MA

When: Monday, September 29, 2008
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Photo Ops:
Dozens of alternative vehicles of all shapes and sizes on display all day
One-of-a-kind concept vehicles as well as commercially available technologies
Million-dollar prototype vehicles and more


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