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September 30, 2008

Clean Cities' Odyssey Day Celebrates Success in Alternative Fuel Vehicles

DOE's Acting Assistant Secretary, John Mizroch, with the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium and the Clean Cities partners from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., launched the 2008 kickoff of the Clean Cities National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey. Also known as "Odyssey Day," the event is dedicated to promoting petroleum-free choices in transportation. The September 30 event is the first of more than 80 alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) events in over 60 locations that will occur across the nation in the coming months.

Clean Cities is a government-industry partnership that provides regional coalitions with information and incentives from DOE, a large collection of technical data and resources, and coordinated strategies and resources they can leverage to obtain maximum petroleum reduction. The Clean Cities partnership consists of 86 coalitions that work with 5,700 local stakeholder programs that have helped avoid the usage of over two billion gallons of petroleum, put more than half a million AFVs on the road, and played a role in the construction of over 3,000 alterative refueling stations since 1993. See the DOE press release, the Clean Cities Web site, and the National AFV Day Odyssey 2008 Web site.